(New West Records)
Pizza Deliverance counts as The Drive by Truckers’ second album. Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools served as executive producer on this Athens, Georgia, recording. Pizza Deliverance finds the Truckers coming into their own as enlightened poor-ass country boys singing about everyday problems with a vengeance. Songwriting serves as the fulcrum of strength The Drive By Truckers music resonates.
“Bulldozers And Dirt” opens the CD with a trailer park landscape and country-folk musical lexicon. The Truckers employ mandolins, pedal steels, banjos and earthy tones that evoke a timeless sound. “Nine Bullets” captures bar-room rock and roll at its finest. Mike Cooley’s “Uncle Frank” swings like The Stones, but what The Truckers command is a back-against-the-wall desperation.
“Too Much Sex (Too Little Jesus)” portrays a small town perspective most city folk never encounter. “Box of Spiders” ranks as a great Patterson Hood family composition with true a true southern perspective and literary merit. “Margo and Harold” should be a hit on the country charts.
“The Company I Keep” emerges as a shit-kicker classic. In a stalking monument to The Truckers’ wicked humor, “The President’s Penis Is Missing” provides a rare glimpse into sharp songwriting insight…they are much smarter than they look; a mighty fine tune. “Zoloft” spins a yarn about the new wave of prescription drugs washing over the nation.
“The Night G.G. Allin Came To Town” ends Pizza Deliverance with a promise of diamond-mines of material on the way from this indelible group. The Drive By Truckers emerge as one of the greatest bands traveling out on the lost highway these days.