Danko/Manuel (5:43)

Cover of The Dirty South

From The Dirty South

from: http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/d/drivebytruckers-dirtysouth.shtml
by Adrian Begrand.
Nobody can say it any better than Adrian already has said, and I quote:

¨Watching Martin Scorsese’s 1978 film The Last Waltz on DVD, the sadness is inescapable. When you see the 1978 film, which documents The Band’s final concert on Thanksgiving Night, 1976, you couldn’t care less about the nattily-clad Robbie Robertson and his clean-cut rock star posing; rather, you find yourself drawn to the two guys over to Robertson’s right. You smile as pianist Richard Manuel sings self-effacingly on “The Shape I’m In”, and you get goosebumps when bassist Rick Danko takes a solo turn on the astonishingly beautiful “It Makes No Difference”, and damn, if it isn’t next to impossible to prevent tears from welling up when you see Manuel and Danko asked by Scorsese what they’re going to do next, and the poor guys have no idea. Performing was what they did, the road their home. They’d been doing it for more than a decade, and that bastard Robertson was yanking their world from beneath their feet. Richard Manuel hung himself in 1986. Rick Danko battled heroin addiction, and died in his sleep in 1999.

Following in the footsteps of The Band, the Drive-By Truckers are today’s version of rock ‘n’ roll journeymen, touring with a relentlessness that few independent bands can match, playing marathon shows night after night.


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  • Eye_Gore

    Great band

    15 Nov 2012 Reply
  • zeppyfish

    First they make you out to be / The only pirate on the sea / They say Danko would have sounded just like me / Is that the man I wanna be? Jason Isbell is the best damned songwriter out there.

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • temporary

    Great song.

    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • kempo23

    had DBT on repeat for years. this song is imprinted on my brain :-)

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • HeinJr

    How beautiful...

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • mysully

    I listen to this album over and over, especially this song. The dvd from the set they put out of the Dirty South album release a few years back at the 40 Watt is outstanding.

    1 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Rockstar_Aimz

    Saw Jason Isbell and his band The 400 Unit do this song in Toronto, and there was an audible gasp from the audience when they hit the first chord to this track. Such a great song!

    15 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Phill_es

    Fantastic set at Coachella Festival

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • truckedup

    great song/ great band at the top of their game. this band should be bigger than they are.

    14 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Big-Mac-Bo

    Love it

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • Yoknapatawpha1

    the best so far by one of the best modern bands... followed closely by ´we ain´t never gonna´ change´ i might add.

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • Cynnecynne

    This song/band need more love.

    12 Dec 2008 Reply
  • echo725

    The horns in the chorus always send shivers up my spine.

    22 Dec 2007 Reply

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