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DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS DECORATION DAY, 2003, New West Records (2007 vinyl issue)
In the South, Memorial Day is known by another name, Decoration Day. It’s when you drive out to the country with your family to flowers on your kinfolk’s graves. For me, it brings back the memory of riding in my dad’s Pontiac Parisienne with my grandmother Lizzie and my granddaddy Pete up Highway 153 to Meigs County, Tennessee, to the little white temple of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church where my grandmother’s people were buried...
LE PARADOU VIOGNIER, 2006
When Derek informed me that he wanted to review the Drive By Truckers' Decoration Day for our Memorial Day post, he asked me what wine I thought we should pair with it. I was at a loss. Wine and record pairing is certainly not a science, but is there really a wine that pairs well with Southern Rock? It seemed to me that wine wasn't the right choice at all, that this kind of music makes one want to drink beer and take slugs of whiskey...