Culled from two fiery shows last August at the 40 Watt in Athens, Ga., the Drive-By Truckers' first live DVD captures the start of its Dirty South tour and features most of the songs from that 2004 re

Culled from two fiery shows last August at the 40 Watt in Athens, Ga., the Drive-By Truckers' first live DVD captures the start of its Dirty South tour and features most of the songs from that 2004 record. Once an untamed beast of a band that compensated for musicianship with passion and brilliant songwriting, DBT have improved light years in every way, in great part because of the addition of Jason Isbell. The fearsome guitarist's songwriting chops, combined with titans Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, make for a triple threat no band can top. The music here ranges from raging arena anthems ("Where the Devil Don't Stay," "Never Gonna Change") to rollicking country rock ("The Day John Henry Died," "Daddy's Cup") to plaintive introspection ("Goddamn Lonely Love," "Tornadoes"). For an encore, the band plays Isbell's stellar "Outfit" and showcases its punkier tendencies on "Women Without Whiskey." Proudly Southern and completely fearless, DBT have evolved into one of the greatest bands on the planet, and it has done it on its own terms.—RW

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