Drive-By Truck­ers make a stpo at Walker Theatre. In sup­port of new record. Sun­day

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - FRONT PAGE - BY BARRY COURTER STAFF WRITER Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@times­freep­ or 423-7576354.

If it seems like the Drive- By Truck­ers have had a “do- it- your­self ” ap­proach to record­ing, t heir ca­reers, record la­bels, tour­ing and just about ev­ery­thing else as­so­ci­ated with the band, it’s be­cause they have. There is a rea­son for it — it goes back 28 years to a band that never got signed and a record that got made, but never re­leased. Un­til now.

Twenty- eight years after Adam’s House Cat made “Town Burned Down,” it is fi­nally be­ing re­leased and Patterson Boyd says the record has col­ored the work done by Drive- By Truck­ers, the band he co-founded with band­mate Mike Coo­ley after Adam’s House Cat broke up.

“I’m about as ex­cited about this as any­thing I’ve done in a while,” he says.

“This is some­thing that has eaten at me for 20- some­thing years. It was one of those defin­ing events of our lives. A lot of de­ci­sions we made with the Truck­ers were all kind of built around the heart­break of that band.”

The record­ing in­dus­try has al­ways had sto­ries of bands, re­ally good bands, who for what­ever rea­son, never got their big break. The in­ter­net didn’t ex­ist back then, nor was there a home-stu­dio-on-a- lap­top in every home like there seems to be to­day.

To make mat­ters even tougher, get­ting signed didn’t guar­an­tee fame and for­tune. In cases like Adam’s House Cat, the band just never con­nected with the right per­son or peo­ple.

“It de­stroyed our ca­reer. Our band never even got the deal be­cause no­body liked the band at the time, but we made a re­ally good record.”

He says “Town Burned Down” is not too dif­fer­ent from mu­sic the Truck­ers would later record, and be­come loved for by crit­ics and fans. The whole ex­pe­ri­ence hard­ened him and Coo­ley, and made them even more de­ter­mined to not let the in­dus­try dic­tate who they were or what they did.

“Part of our stub­born re­solve to do it our­selves and not let any­body tell us what to do came from that,” he says.

“When we started our band, we not only didn’t look for a record deal, we adamantly avoided all the mech­a­nisms of the so- called mu­sic busi­ness be­cause we felt like the mu­sic busi­ness didn’t have a place for us, so we didn’t have a place for it.”

They found ways to record their mu­sic with­out re­ly­ing on oth­ers.

“I hung Sheetrock and helped in the con­struc­tion of a stu­dio in ex­change for stu­dio time. That’s how we made ‘Gangsta­billy.’ We recorded ‘Pizza De­liv­er­ance’ in my liv­ing room.”

They man­aged to sell enough of those records to draw in­ter­est from la­bels and “we were able to ne­go­ti­ate it on our own terms,” Boyd says.

“And, even after get­ting the deal, we were no­to­ri­ously hard to work with.”


The Drive-By Truck­ers are Matt Pat­ton, Brad Mor­gan, Patterson Hood, Mike Coo­ley and Jay Gon­za­lez. They will per­form Sun­day night in Walker Theatre.

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