Thursday, December 25, 2014

Great songs of The Decade That Shall Not Be Named: "The Righteous Path" by the Drive-By Truckers

OK, here's another storied genre that didn't fare so well in "The Decade From Hell": Alt-country, which rose up and florished in the 1980s and gave us some great tunes from the likes of Wilco and Son Volt in the 1990s. In the 2000s, Wilco was essentially making commercials and Son Volt didn't really come close to the brilliance of 1995's "Trace." But there was one bright spot, the Drive-By Truckers, a Georgia band that paints haunting portraits of a New South where subdivisions can be just as stiffling as trailer parks.

Great songs of The Decade That Shall Not Be Named: "The Righteous Path" by the Drive-By Truckers

OK, here's another storied genre that didn't fare so well in "The Decade From Hell": Alt-country, which rose up and florished in the 1980s and gave us some great tunes from the likes of Wilco and Son Volt in the 1990s. In the 2000s, Wilco was essentially making commercials and Son Volt didn't really come close to the brilliance of 1995's "Trace." But there was one bright spot, the Drive-By Truckers, a Georgia band that paints haunting portraits of a New South where subdivisions can be just as stiffling as trailer parks.

Indeed, I'm hard-pressed to think of a song that better captures the Bush-Cheney era than 2008's "The Righteous Path," where they sing:

I got a grill in the backyard and a case of beers
I got a boat that ain’t seen the water in years
More bills than money, I can do the math
I’m trying to keep focused on the righteous path

Unfortunately, the YouTube "video" for the song is one of those non-video videos, if you know what I mean, but "The Righteous Path" still demands to be heard:

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