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Drive-By Truckers announce tour, give away song

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 – The Drive-By Truckers announced Tuesday the first stretch of The Big To-Do tour, screenings of their documentary, "The Secret To A Happy Ending" and are offering a free MP3.

"The Big To-Do" is slated for release on March 16 on ATO Records. Leading up to the release the band will play some weekend runs before kicking off tour with a two-night stand in Atlanta and then heading to SXSW.

The first single, This Fucking Job, is available from ATO.

The premiere screening of the documentary is scheduled for Feb. 5 at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md. Director Barr Weissman, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Brad Morgan will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

This is the seventh DBT album that has featured original artwork by Wes Freed. The band never tells him what to draw and often give him no input at all.

"The Secret To A Happy Ending" screenings are:

Friday Feb. 5 Silver Spring, MD AFI Silver Theatre sold out *

Saturday Feb. 6 Silver Spring, MD AFI Silver Theatre *This is a midnight screening after the screening on Feb. 5.

Sunday Feb. 28 San Francisco, CA Noise Pop Film Festival

Tour dates are:

Thursday Jan. 28 Huntsville, AL Crossroads Music Hall

Friday Jan. 29 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen

Saturday Jan. 30 Tuscaloosa, AL Jupiter Bar & Grill

Thursday Feb. 11 Greenville, SC Handlebar

Friday Feb. 12-13 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre

Sunday Feb. 14 Knoxville, TN Bijou Theatre

Thursday Feb. 25 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre

Friday Feb. 26-27 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre

Thursday March 4 Wilmington NC Rox Nightclub

Saturday March 6 Augusta GA Sky City

Friday March 12-13 Atlanta GA Variety Playhouse

Thursday March 18 Austin, TX SXSW

Friday March 19-20 New Orleans LA Tipitinas

Thursday April 1 New York Webster Hall

Friday April 2 Boston House of Blues

Saturday April 3 Philadelphia Electric Factory

Tuesday April 6-7 Toronto Canada Lee's Palace

Thursday April 8 Detroit St. Andrews Hall

Friday April 9 Chicago The Vic Theatre

Saturday April 10 Lexington KY Buster's Billiards and Backroom

Sunday April 11 Cleveland Beachland Ballroom and Tavern

Wednesday April 14 Towson MD Recher Theatre

Thursday April 15 Norfolk VA The Norva

Friday April 16- 17 Asheville NC The Orange Peel

Friday April 30 Nashville Cannery Ballroom

Friday May 7 Los Angeles Avalon

Saturday May 8 San Francisco The Fillmore Auditorium

Dave Barbe and Quick Hooks will open shows on March 6, 12 and 13.

Langhorne Slim supports shows April 1-17. Lucero opens the April 2 and 3 gigs.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Turner pleases the traditionalists – Josh Turner is a hard-working citizen, a man of faith and a loyal father and husband. He also happens to be one of the youngest members inducted to the Grand Ole Opry. In short, he is the embodiment of country music's champion of the everyman. This night was special for him. He was celebrating an anniversary with his wife and his 18th with his label MCA.... »»»
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