Drive-By Truckers at White Eagle Hall




A look back at Drive-By Truckers / Strand of Oaks

at White Eagle Hall

I got my own way of livin’
But everything gets done
With a southern accent
Where I come from
— "Southern Accents" Tom Petty

'Southern Accents'

A look back at Drive-By Truckers / Strand of Oaks at White Eagle Hall

By Mike Kuzan

Photos by Courtney Collins

Published 10/9/17

Drive-By Truckers and Strand of Oaks performed at White Eagle Hall on October 5, 2017.  The show carried a heavier weight, coming only 4 days after the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas and 3 days after Tom Petty's death.  Both bands acknowledged the bleak week in music and also celebrated what music and live concerts mean to us all.  White Eagle Hall, while being a relatively new venue, felt warm and receptive to host a night of music when the bands and audience needed it most.  

Drive By Truckers

Like most people I know, I was already having a terrible day Monday. I awoke to news of the worst mass shooting in American history. How do you wrap your head around that? I could lock myself in my room and cry endlessly (and I might yet), but to what end is that beyond personal catharsis, and an empty one at that?
— Patterson Hood

Drive-By Truckers are touring off of their 2016 album "American Band".  "American Band" is a socially and politically charged album driven by the increasing gun violence and racial injustice in America.  The band played the songs with conviction and a resilient attitude towards the increasing realization that very little, if anything, is done in response to another mass shooting in America.  The songs felt like a collective understanding that in times of absolute despair, the music and one another is what we have and what we need.  Patterson Hood (songwriter, singer and guitarist) led the band in two touching tributes to Tom Petty 'The Waiting' and 'Southern Accents'.  It's clear that Tom Petty & The Heartbreaks are a huge influence on Drive-By Truckers.  Patterson Hood penned a poignant, touching tribute to Tom Petty titled: “Like Sonny Liston”: An Appreciation of Tom Petty".  If you are a fan of music, please take a minute to read the appreciation.  

A year or so after that, Petty wrote a satirical song about a musical screwup called “Into the Great Wide Open” which lifted a line — “rebel without a clue” — from a Replacements song (“I’ll Be You”) for the chorus. A case of supreme assholery, but done just right.

I love Tom Petty.
— Patterson Hood

'American Band' Drive By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers Cover "The Waiting" Tom Petty

Non Linear Knitting Photo Gallery: Drive-By Truckers

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Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks is the music of Timothy Showalter and is based out of Philadelphia.  

Here is Tim covering a great song.  My Morning Jacket's 'Wonderful' off of 2011's album 'Circuital':

Stand of Oaks were announced as the opening act for the Drive By Truckers tour in June. (Drive-By Truckers and Strand of Oaks announce tour) .   They served as a brilliant opener for the show and the by the end of their set had everyone in WEH paying attention.  Tom Petty was on everyone's mind tonight and Strand of Oaks also paid tribute by covering 'Learning to Fly' off of Petty's 1991 album Into the Great Wide Open

Strand of Oaks covers Tom Petty's 'Learning to Fly'

Non Linear Knitting Photo Gallery: Strand of Oaks

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