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Driver-By Truckers ready new CD, tour

Thursday, December 13, 2007 – The Drive-By Truckers' eighth record, "Brighter Than Creation's Dark," drops Jan. 22, 2008 on New West with 19 new songs, many of which were previewed during the band's The Dirt Underneath tour last spring.

DBT will kick off the first leg of a new 29-city tour in support of the album on Feb. 11th in Anaheim, Cal. and end March 29 in Asheville, N.C.

A four-song "Brighter Than Creation's Dark" EP will be available on Dec. 18 at iTunes, Rhapsody, Yahoo Music and MSN/Zune). The EP consists of "Two Daughters And A Beautiful Wife," "3 Dimes Down," "The Righteous Path," and "The Purgatory Line." All will be on the full length.

Back catalog reissues of "Gangstabilly," "Pizza Deliverance," "Decoration Day," The Dirty South" and "A Blessing and a Curse" will appear Feb. 5, 2008 as limited edition, 180 gram vinyl records. This is the first time most of these titles will be available on vinyl.

Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley continue to be DBT's primary songwriters, a relationship that started over 22 years ago. The band's longtime bassist, Shonna Tucker, makes her debut on "Brighter Than Creation's Dark" as the band's third writer, contributing three songs. Founding member John Neff, who has frequently guested on albums and onstage over the years, is an official member now, playing pedal steel and guitar. He and drummer Brad Morgan round out the band's recording and touring line up.

Legendary Muscle Shoals keyboardist Spooner Oldham, to whom the album is dedicated, lends his classic soul sound to the record, as he did for the band's last tour. The album also makes this the sixth time the band has worked with producer David Barbe, whose Chase Park Transduction studio in Athens, Ga. was the site of last summer's recording.

Songs on the disc are:
1. Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife
2. 3 Dimes Down
3. The Righteous Path
4. I'm Sorry Huston
5. Perfect Timing
6. Daddy Needs A Drink
7. Self Destructive Zones
8. Bob
9. Home Field Advantage
10. The Opening Act
11. Lisa's Birthday
12. That Man I Shot
13. The Purgatory Line
14. The Home Front
15. Checkout Time In Vegas
16. You And Your Crystal Meth
17. Goode's Field Road
18. A Ghost To Most
19. The Mondayument Valley

Tour dates are:
Monday Feb. 11 Anaheim CA House of Blues
Tuesday Feb. 12 Los Angeles Avaalon
Wednesday Feb. 13 San Francisco Mezzanine
Friday Feb. 15 Portland OR Roseland
Saturday Feb. 16-17 Seattle Shoebox
Tuesday Feb. 19 Boise ID Big Easy
Wednesday Feb. 20 Salt Lake City The Paladium
Thursday Feb. 21 Aspen CO Belly Up
Friday Feb. 22 Denver Ogden Theatre
Saturday Feb. 23 Boulder CO Fox Theatre
Monday Feb. 25 Omaha NE Slowdown
Tuesday Feb. 26 Columbia MO The Blue Note
Wednesday Feb. 27 Urbana IL The Canopy
Thursday Feb. 28 Milwaukee Pabst Theatre
Friday Feb. 29 St Louis The Pageant
Saturday March 1 Louisville Headliners
Friday March 14 Memphis Minglewood
Saturday March 15 Nashville Cannery
Sunday March 16 Newport KY SOUTHGATE House
Tuesday March 18 Millvale PA MR. SMALL'S Theater
Wednesday March 19 Toronto ONT OPERA House
Thursday March 20 Mondaytreal QUE Cabaret
Friday March 21 Northampton MA Pearl Street
Saturday March 22 Boston Paradise
Tuesday March 25 New Haven CT Toad's Place
Wednesday March 26 New York Terminal 5
Thursday March 27 Philadelphia The Fillmore at the TLA
Friday March 28 Richmond, Va. The National
Saturday March 29 Asheville N.C. The Orange Peel

The Felice Brothers support on Feb. 11-March ch 1, except Feb. 11-12 when the North Mississippi Allstars open.

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