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Todd Dills

Do they look like truckers to you?

| September 19, 2008

The southern rock outfit Drive-By Truckers — led by Patterson Hood, son of soon-to-be Musicians Hall-of-Famer David Hood of the infamous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section — is back from its first European tour, co-headlining with Brooklyn-by-way-of-Minneapolis, Springsteen-like rollers the Hold Steady. And now they head out on the U.S. highway. Tonight they’re in Norfolk, Va., at the NorVa, Saturday in Charlottesville and Sunday in Baltimore, promoting their new album, Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, the “>Truckers” third full-length since they broke beyond the underground with their Southern Rock Opera in 2001. That double album is something of a song cycle following the career of Lynyrd Skynyrd to chart the demise of traditional Southern culture in the U.S. during the 1970s. Look around, though. Is it really gone? Look for them out on the road. No word yet of the handle of their tour bus driver. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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