Drive-By Truckers to release Go-Go Boots in February

Drive-By Truckers will release Go-Go Boots, on February 15, 2011 on ATO Records.  Go-Go Boots is their eleventh record and was produced by their longtime producer, David Barbe (Deerhunter, Bettye LaVette, Sugar). In conjunction with Go-Go Boots, they’ll also be releasing their documentary The Secret to a Happy Ending on DVD.

Go-Go Boots builds on their roots with the old Muscle Shoals country-and-soul sound. “We recorded nearly 40 songs last year and into this year and fairly early on divided it into two separate albums” explains DBT co-founder Patterson Hood. “The Big To-Do, released first, was the more straight forward "Rock" album. Go-Go Boots is what I sometimes (semi-jokingly) refer to as our country, soul, and murder ballad album. Those elements definitely play into it, but it’s a little more open ended than that.”

The Secret to a Happy Ending is a film about the redemptive power of rock-and-roll.  It’s a film about the American South, where rock was born.  It’s about a group of kids that grew up amidst the sweet soul music made in Muscle Shoals, Alabama by black and white musicians while the civil rights movement exploded all around.  It’s about leaving home and embracing the DIY ethos of punk.  It’s about making art, making love and making a living.  It’s a film about the Drive-By Truckers. Select screenings of the documentary are still being shown in theaters and FilmBuff will be releasing the movie on iTunes and across other digital platforms.

The band will show their appreciation for vinyl and independent record stores by releasing a special 10” 45 with “Thanksgiving Filter” and “Used To Be A Cop” on Record Store Day, November 26th. Both songs will be on Go-Go Boots and the release will be a limited pressing of only 2,500 copies and will feature a special sleeve designed by Wes Freed as well as a download card.

DBT will be releasing a series of Go-Go Boots episodes directed by Patterson Hood and Jason Thrasher.  As a preview to the episodes they’ve released a video for “Used To Be a Cop” that can be viewed here:

The band will kick off a month long tour in Europe this week and will end the year with a bang playing New Year’s Eve in New York city at Terminal 5. The Go-Go Boots tour will be announced soon.

The Drive-By Truckers are Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Shonna Tucker, Brad Morgan, John Neff and Jay Gonzalez.
Go-Go Boots track listing:
1.     I Do Believe
2.     Go-Go Boots
3.     Dancin’ Ricky
4.     Cartoon Gold
5.     Ray’s Automatic Weapon
6.     Everybody Needs Love
7.     Assholes
8.     The Weakest Man
9.     Used To Be A Cop
10.   The Fireplace Poker
11.   Where’s Eddie
12.   The Thanksgiving Filter  
13.   Pulaski
14.   Mercy Buckets
Tour dates:
Wed Nov 10 Glasgow Scotland ABC      
 Fri Nov 12 Manchester UK ACADEMY 2  
 Sat Nov 13 Birmingham UK ACADEMY 2  
 Mon Nov 15 Brighton UK CONCORD 2  
 Wed Nov 17 Amsterdam Holland PARADISO  
 Thu Nov 18 Groningen Holland VERA  
 Fri Nov 19 Berlin Germany LIDO  
 Sat Nov 20 Munich Germany CLUB 59:1  
 Sun Nov 21 Milan Italy SALUMERIA DELLA MUSICA  
 Tue Nov 23 Barcelona Spain RAZZMATAZZ 2  
 Wed Nov 24 Madrid Spain SALA HEINEKEN  
 Thu Nov 25 Bilbao Spain KAFE ANTZOKI  
 Fri Nov 26 Toulouse  France LA DYNAMO  
 Sat Nov 27 Rennes France UBU  
 Sun Nov 28 Antwerp Belgium TRIX CLUB     
 Tue Nov 30 Odense Denmark POSTEN  
 Wed Dec 01 Gothenburg Sweden BREWHOUSE  
 Thu Dec 02 Malmo Sweden KB  
Fri Dec 03 Stockholm Sweden DEBASER  
Sat Dec 04 Oslo Norway ROCKEFELLER  
Fri Dec 10 Asheville NC WARREN HAYNES XMAS JAM – Orange Peel  
Sat Dec 11 Asheville NC WARREN HAYNES XMAS JAM – Civic Center  
Fri Dec 31 New York NY TERMINAL 5  
Sat Jan 01 Philadelphia PA TLA
Thu Jan 13 Athens GA 40 Watt  
Fri Jan 14 Athens GA 40 Watt  
Sat Jan 15 Athens GA 40 Watt  
Thu Jan 20 Miami FL CULTURE ROOM  
Fri Jan 21 Tampa FL THE RITZ YBOR  
Sat Jan 22 Orlando FL HOUSE OF BLUES
Sun Jan 23 Jacksonville FL FREEBIRD LIVE
Fri Jan 28 Oxford MS THE LYRIC  
Sat Jan 29 Nashville TN CANNERY BALLROOM
Tickets for the January 13th – 29th shows will go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, November 9th at 10:00 am eastern via DBT ticketing