Welcome 2 Club XIII

Drive-By Truckers - Welcome 2 Club XIII
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2022 Ratings: #258 / 405
User Score
Based on 17 ratings
June 3, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
ATO / Label
Alt-Country / Genres
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Southern rock's premier survivors turn their dramatic past into poignant anthems.

With Welcome 2 Club XII, Drive-By Truckers’ principal songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have crafted a vivid acclamation of their 37 years together, with all of its highs and lows, sung over walloping Southern rock.

God Is in the TV
This record can be interpreted as a concept album of sorts – a kind of musical journal kept during the band’s earliest beginnings.
Beats Per Minute

Club XIII perhaps marks the end of an era, for DBT and the broader culture, suggesting that our outward-moving attention, while politically and socially significant, has to yield at some point to self-assessment.

Classic Rock

The past has a deal of comfort, but Drive-By Truckers know that the road ahead is still perilous.


Drive-By Truckers’ Welcome 2 Club XIII is more introspective and subdued than the previous raw, unfiltered laments and analyses of American culture.


Once again, the Drive-By Truckers have made a strong album well worth your time and attention, but Welcome 2 Club XIII suggests they're having a problem embracing uncomplicated joy in 2022 -- but then again, so do most people.

American Songwriter

Not surprisingly, Welcome 2 Club XIII stands as another triumph for a band that’s never short when it comes to attaining a high bar. Consider this a club where everyone is welcome.

Spectrum Culture
After this much time together, the mature look back makes sense.

The Driver - 3/5
Maria's Awful Disclosures - 4/5
Shake and Pine - 5/5 ❤
We will never wake you in the morning - 5/5 ❤
Welcome 2 Club XIII - 3/5
Forged In Hell And Heaven Sent - 3/5
Every Single Storied Flameout - 3/5
Billy Ringo In The Dark - 4/5
Wilder Days - 5/5 ❤


After a few albums that have been blunt and overt about their political leanings, it's hard to step into Welcome 2 Club XIII without a nervous eye. Over the past seven years, their music took a hard turn from subtly conscious and witty Southern rock to strong, staunch albums that wore their political messages on their sleeves, 2020's The New OK naming its songs things like Watching the Orange Clouds and The KKK Took My Baby Away, and regardless of whether or not this change was something you ... read more


This latest album from Drive By Truckers is easily their most likable and true to form material since “A Blessing And A Curse”. Patterson and Hood on this album sound rejuvenated, and are writing their most poignant tracks in years. Not only that, but the storytelling on here is so compelling, it reminds me of what I loved about them growing up. It may not be as consistent as I would have liked, but this is still VERY good.

Give A Listen To: “The Driver”, ... read more

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Added on: April 12, 2022