Drive-By Truckers were scheduled to play live at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA last winter, during what meteorologists were calling “Armageddon” – sub-zero temperatures, snow, ice, hail. Luckily that was all avoided, and the band was able to perform their critically-acclaimed 12th LP English Oceans in full. Fans will now be able to re-live this concert as a live film experience titled Black Ice Vérité, with a release date set for November 18th.
Coming out that same day will be an expanded edition of the album, containing eight live bonus tracks and the Black Ice Vérité DVD (there is also an LP version of the album, pressed on bright white vinyl). The bonus live tracks include “Dead, Drunk and Naked” from the band’s Southern Rock Opera and the introspective “Grand Canyon,” an emotional elegy for Craig Lieske, to whom English Oceans is dedicated. Lieske was a longtime member of Drive-By Truckers’ touring family, manager of the 40 Watt Club and a key influence in the city’s experimental music scene. He died suddenly of a heart attack in January 2013 after the first night of the band’s three-night homecoming set in Athens, GA, and changed the course of the album. “I probably wrote it in 15 minutes,” Hood said of “Grand Canyon.” “It wasn’t any kind of a conscious thing. It’s the most important song of mine on the record. I wrote new songs to go with it. It recalibrated something. It became a totally different record for me than the record I thought we were going to make.”
Click here to pre-order Black Ice Vérité and English Oceans Deluxe.
– Samantha M. Lopez