• Drive-By Truckers

One of the few downsides of my job is that I don’t often get to listen to music purely for enjoyment. Keeping up on the nonstop flood of new releases takes up much of my time, and because I love a lot of different kinds of music, I run out of hours in the day really quickly. I’ve liked just about everything I’ve heard by Drive-By Truckers, but I’ve never spent a lot of time with any of their albums—part of the problem is that longtime Reader contributor Monica Kendrick is a big fan and usually bogarts the assignments! Whenever I put on one of their records, though, I think to myself, “This is really strong—I need to listen to this more.”