AOTY 2021

Southern Rock Opera

Drive-By Truckers - Southern Rock Opera
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
September 12, 2001 / Release Date
LP / Format
Soul Dump / Label
Drive-By Truckers, Dick Cooper, David Barbe / Producer
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[SJO Counter: 20]

Ooh, the first double-album of the SJO collection. That’s nice!

Southern Rock Opera literally tells you exactly what to expect with its album title, and it’s a pretty solid, conceptual collection of rock opera and alt-country tracks from the Dirty South.

For what it is, it’s actually a serious, conscious record that highlights many political issues going on in the Southern states at the time. I only got one listen into this record, so I wasn’t able ... read more

A pale sky hovered above me as I walked
Through mountains and valleys vast,
Passing folk who chattered and talked
About days of old and the past,
Of when dragons roamed freely
Bringing terror and fire and fear,
Of when people breathed heavily
Wanting life while the end was near

Number 20:

Ha Ha Ha Ha, dude what the fuck are you talking about? No seriously what the hell?

This was like reading the manifesto of a man who drowned to death in his own vomit. In that it's incredibly weird, twisted, and confusing. Choosing to listen to this album is choosing to listen to the drunk man outside of 7/11 at 3 in the morning. It’s abrasive, but goddamn if it isn’t fascinating. The guitars are also great but let’s be honest with yourself…..that’s ... read more
Tom Simmons
Fav Tracks: Zip City, The Southern Thing, Dead Drunk and Naked, Ronnie and Neil, 72 (This Highway's Mean), Road Cases, Birmingham
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Track List

Disc One:

  1. Days of Graduation 
  2. Ronnie and Neil 
  3. 72 (This Highway's Mean) 
  4. Dead, Drunk, And Naked 
  5. Guitar Man Upstairs 
  6. Birmingham 
  7. The Southern Thing 
  8. The Three Great Alabama Icons 
  9. Wallace 
  10. Zip City 
  11. Moved 

Disc Two:

  1. Let There Be Rock 
  2. Road Cases 
  3. Women Without Whiskey 
  4. Plastic Flowers on the Highway
  5. Cassie's Brother 
  6. Life in the Factory
  7. Shut up and Get on the Plane 
  8. Greenville to Baton Rouge
  9. Angels and Fuselage


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