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Mike Cooley : The Fool on Every Corner

Mike Cooley - The Fool on Every Corner

The Fool on Every Corner, the first solo release by Drive-By Truckers’ Mike Cooley, strips away the amps and his bandmates, leaving a man and his songs on stage for all to see. Recorded during a three show run in Georgia – a two-night stand at The Earl in Atlanta and a performance at The Melting Point in Athens – the album boasts some of his finest songs, reconfigured for a solo setting. “Cartoon Gold” stings with clever, concise wordplay and the delicate “Loaded Gun in the Closet” channels a painful tension that can only be released by firing a round. And while reworked takes on “Guitar Man Upstairs” and “Where the Devil Don’t Stay” don’t fare nearly as well in this setting, they do provide a fresh takes on Truckers’ classics that are worth a listen.

Mike Cooley’s contributions to Drive-By Truckers canon are often overshadowed by the hyper-prolific work of his cohort, Patterson Hood, but The Fool on Every Corner proves that his songwriting is just as essential.

The Fool on Every Corner is out now.