Originally Posted by bourbonbasted
They kept him a lot longer than they should have. He was sacked last year after another disastrous campaign in European competition. He is, for sure, an idiot.
Drive-by really fell off after he left. Without sounding like too much of a cheese dick I always felt like he was the heart and soul that tied the talent together. No doubt that band was (and is) made up of extremely talented people, but they seem to lack a level of sincerity without him. At any rate I'm sorry to miss him tonight. Have a beer or 10 for me.
Speaking of ATL meet-ups we should actually look into that...
Yeah, there's no question DBT's best stuff was with Isbell. SRO
was the only truly good album of theirs pre-Isbell, and nothing they've done since has been even close to as listenable start-to-finish as the two best Isbell records. There is definitely something missing, and none of the remaining members can tell a story like Isbell does (which I think goes to the sincerity point you made). Patterson Hood has also gotten a little preachy for my tastes, both in the music and in real life (he said/did some stuff regarding Athens politics when I was there that really put me off).
Isbell was really on, although the acoustics at the venue weren't great. I didn't see many shows when it was the Roxy, but I recall it sounding a lot better than it did last night. You missed an excellent show, but beers (and a bit of bourbon) were consumed in your stead.
I could definitely be down for an ATL meet-up, and it would be a lot easier for me to commit to something now that I'm not coming in from Athens.