Drive-By Truckers built their legend one busted guitar string and shredded vocal chord at a time. No band has understood the Southern white trash pathos better than the Truckers and their iconoclastic

Drive-By Truckers built their legend one busted guitar string and shredded vocal chord at a time. No band has understood the Southern white trash pathos better than the Truckers and their iconoclastic frontman Patterson Hood. Before the band moved on to an arena-rock sound and weightier topics like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Buford Pusser, the Truckers released the previously hard-to-find "Pizza Deliverance," a work of twisted brilliance that balances and blends graveyard humor and insightful eloquence. Among the topics are incest, murder, hard drinking, wife swapping, regret, dope, Jesus, Bill Clinton and punk rocker G.G. Allin. It's a collection of fatalistic and often strangely moving hard-luck songs. The musicianship—built on a country foundation—is better than some of the band's albums, including the lesser companion reissue "Gangstabilly." Profound and profane highlights are many, including "Bulldozers and Dirt," "Nine Bullets," "Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus)" and "Love Like This." To the group's faithful, this is a holy grail and righteous stuff.—RW

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