Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment Presents:

Drive-By Truckers

with Margot Cilker

18+
Wednesday, March 15
Doors: 7pm // Show: 8pm
$30-35 ADV / $40 DOS
$2 Off Draft Beers
🛸 SCAMP Series

Drive-By Truckers at The Canopy Club
March 15th, 2023 – Urbana, IL.
with Margo Cilker

Spotify pre-sale: 12/7/22 10:00am – 12/9/22 9:00am
GA sale: 12/9/22 10:00am

8pm doors/9pm show

On the title track to Welcome 2 Club XIII, Drive-By Truckers pay homage to the Muscle Shoalshonky-tonk where founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley got their start: aconcrete-floored dive lit like a disco, with the nightly promise of penny beerand truly dubiouscover bands. “There were no cool bars in town and Club XIII was the best we had—but it wasn’tall that good, and our band wasn’t particularly liked there,” says Hood, referring to thevocalist/guitarists’ former band Adam’s House Cat. “From time to time the owner would throw usa Wednesday night or let us open for a hair-metal band we were a terrible fit for, and everyonewould hang out outside until we were done playing. It wasn’t very funny at the time, but it’sfunny to us now.” The 14th studio album from Drive-By Truckers—whose lineup also includeskeyboardist/guitarist Jay Gonzalez, bassist Matt Patton, and drummer Brad Morgan—Welcome2 Club XIII looks back on their formative years with both deadpan pragmatism and profoundtenderness,instilling each song with the kind of lived-in detail that invites bittersweetreminiscence of your own misspent youth.
 
Produced by longtime Drive-By Truckers collaborator David Barbe and mainly recorded at hisstudio in Athens, Georgia, Welcome 2 Club XIII took shape over the course of three freneticdays in summer 2021—a doubly extraordinary feat considering that the band had no priorintentions of making a new album. “We had some shows coming up and decided to get togetherand practice, since we hadn’t even seen each other in a year and a half because of thepandemic,” Hood recalls. “We started demoing song ideas, and pretty soon we realized we hada whole record. It was all sort of magical.” Featuring background vocals from the likes of MargoPrice, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, and Mississippi-bred singer/songwriter Schaefer Llana, Welcome 2Club XIII was recorded live with most songs cut in one or two takes, fully harnessing the band’sfreewheeling energy. “For us it’s always about just getting together and having fun, but this timethere was the added feeling of being set free after a long time of wondering if we’d ever get todo this again,” notes Cooley.
 
Arriving as the band enters its 26th year, Welcome 2 Club XIII marks a sharp departure from thetrenchant commentary of The Unraveling and The New OK (both released in 2020). “All ourrecords are political to some extent, but after making three overtly political records in a row wewanted to do something much more personal,” says Hood. A hypnotic introduction to thealbum’s sprawling autobiography, “The Driver” kicks off Welcome 2 Club XIII with a seven-minute-long, darkly thrilling epic punctuated with lead-heavy riffs and Llana’s unearthly vocals.“Around the same era of Club XIII, I spent a lot of time driving around late at night when Icouldn’t sleep, listening to music loud and often having a beer or two,” says Hood. “Sometimesduring those drives I’d have these epiphanies about what to do with my life—like listening to Timby The Replacements not long after it came out and deciding to drop out of school to try andmake this whole band thing work.”

 
Arriving as the band enters its 26th year, Welcome 2 Club XIII marks a sharp departure from thetrenchant commentary of The Unraveling and The New OK (both released in 2020). “All ourrecords are political to some extent, but after making three overtly political records in a row wewanted to do something much more personal,” says Hood. A hypnotic introduction to thealbum’s sprawling autobiography, “The Driver” kicks off Welcome 2 Club XIII with a seven-minute-long, darkly thrilling epic punctuated with lead-heavy riffs and Llana’s unearthly vocals.“Around the same era of Club XIII, I spent a lot of time driving around late at night when Icouldn’t sleep, listening to music loud and often having a beer or two,” says Hood. “Sometimesduring those drives I’d have these epiphanies about what to do with my life—like listening to Timby The Replacements not long after it came out and deciding to drop out of school to try andmake this whole band thing work.”
 
The album’s swinging centerpiece, “Welcome 2 Club XIII” spins a sublimely gritty portrait of thespot Cooley sums up as “part disco, part honky-tonk, part place to score cheap cocaine.” Withits litany of inside jokes and references to Foghat and The Jim Carroll Band, the track unfolds asa joyful piece of anti-nostalgia, a sentiment perfectly captured in its sing-along-fueled outro(sample lyric: “Our glory days did kinda suck”). Meanwhile, on “Every Single Storied Flameout,”Cooley shares a far more pensive recollection of his younger years. “I wrote that song when myson was turning 16 and going through a rough patch for a bit,” he says. “Luckily, he’s turned itaround and he’s doing great now, but it was a tough time for a while. Part of my way of dealingwith it was to take ownership of the example I might’ve set, in the hope of leading him out of it.”Graced with the radiant melodies of a three-piece horn section, the result is a spirited anthemmerging Cooley’s unsparing self-reflection with a bit of rambling wisdom (e.g., “That part of youthat feels alive is wired and can’t be severed from the damage-seeking part of you that runsit/Just don’t embrace it witha vengeance before you’ve even shaved with a razor that youbought with your own money”).
 
Although Welcome 2 Club XIII has its moments of real-time observation (including “Maria’sAwful Disclosures,” on which Cooley connects the dots between early-19th-century anti-immigrant agitprop and the noxious paranoia of QAnon), much of the album serves as a free-flowing coming-of-age memoir. “Cooley and I have been playing together for 37 years now,”Hood points out. “That first band might have failed miserably ona commercial level, but I’mreally proud of what we did back then. It had a lot to do with who we ended up becoming.” Andwhile Drive-By Truckers never shy away from illuminating the many shades of grief that comewith getting older, Welcome 2 Club XIII ultimately embodies a certain world-weary joie devivre—an element beautifully encapsulated in one of its final lyrics, from the softly stunning“Wilder Days”: “As the sun gets dizzy watching us as we go spinning around/I find it best tolaugh at the absurdity of life above the ground/There’s no comfort in survival, but it’s still thebest option that I’ve found.”

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FREE PARKING can be found across the street in the Krannert Center parking garage just north of the club after 5pm. 

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