Photo Finish Friday

Here’s Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers, shot with my camera phone from front and center at the show Wednesday night at the Wilma Theater in Missoula.

I’d mentioned in my previous post some concerns I had going into the show as they relate to my feelings about the band over the past few years, and I’ve been meaning to post a follow-up since the show. Probably still will, so I won’t say too much about it here other than that the band totally redeemed themselves in my eyes, and it was a fantastic set. Both bands were top notch.

There is a reason I chose a picture of Cooley. I don’t usually go to shows where I’m thinking, “If the band doesn’t play [insert favorite song title from band’s repertoire] then I’m going to be pissed.” In this case, especially given the admitted chip I had on my shoulder, I was feeling that way about one particular song. And it’s one that Cooley wrote and sings.

From the opening chord, and the thud of the kick drum, I realized that not only were these mofos going to play the song, they were friggin’ opening with it. Words can’t describe how jacked I was, almost to the point of tears (the manliest tears that have ever flowed over a grizzled cheek, mind you). It was awesome. The song is called “Where the Devil Don’t Stay.” You can listen to it here.

I had a great time.

Here is a slideshow of about 20 pictures I took, all with my cell phone, if you are interested.


Photo Finish Friday is the brainchild of writer/blogger Leah J. Utas.

8 thoughts on “Photo Finish Friday

  1. John Hornor

    >Damn, I love DBT and have only seen them once since Isbell left.Looks like a helluva show.My favorite Cooley song is from the same album, "Carl Perkins Cadillac."

  2. Peter Farris

    >I had a feeling you'd walk away from that show on a rock 'n roll high. I've seen DBT more than a dozen times going back to '99 and have never been disappointed.Be sure to check out my pics on facebook from the Huntsville show if you're curious, Chris. I was front row and got quite a few of Mr. Isbell when he joined them on stage.

  3. Chris

    >Those are great pictures with Isbell, Pete. Looks like a stage with less barrier between the band and the audience too — probably an awesome show.I thought Patterson looked good, and that he'd trimmed down quite a bit. Looking at Isbell, whatever Patterson lost he has found, though. Heh.


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