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Concert: Drive-By Truckers Thanks largely to musical carpetbaggers, the genre known as "alt. countryÓ is seldom either of those things. There is not enough grit in the music, and the artists have had too few skirmishes with involuntary poverty and/or rickets. The Drive-By Truckers have been keeping it real since 1996, when sons of Alabama Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley reunited in Athens, Georgia, and put together the best southern rock band since Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the best alt. country act since Lucinda Williams. Having nearly made it big once before, in the late 80s, Hood and Cooley toiled in relative obscurity until 2001, when the independently released "Southern Rock OperaÓ received such critical acclaim that the band signed with a major label to re-release the hell out of it. The rest, they say, is history. DBT is now a big enough deal to play three back-to-back nights of shows at the 9:30 Club, all of which but NYE are sold out, so move quickly if you want to ring in the new year with songs about roadside crosses, George Wallace´s trip to hell, and other southern mythologies. Dec. 31 at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Phone: 202/265.0930. Web: http://www.930.com

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