Monday, May 26, 2014

It's Decoration Day

It's Decoration Day... - The Drive-By Truckers

Jason Isbell was a member of The Drive-By Truckers for 3 albums. During this period the band really hit their stride with three excellent song writers; Isbell along with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley. On the album Decoration Day, the band was in top form, each writer putting his stamp on the album; Hood with Sink Hole and Heathens, Cooley with Marry Me and Isbell with Outfit and the epic title track Decoration Day. If you compare the Truckers to their heroes and fellow southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, then Decoration Day is their Freebird.

The song is a red-neck, modern day update of sorts of a Hatfields-McCoys type family feud.  This story is about the Lawsons and the Hills and told from the point of view of a son of the now deceased Hill patriarch.

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