After releasing two studio albums in 2020, Drive-By Truckers will finally get a chance to tour behind them in 2021. On Tuesday, the Athens, GA folk-rockers announced a massive North American tour that will take the band from August 2021 through February 2022.
Beginning on August 1st at Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, UT, the 50+ date tour will take the band across the country and back again with stops in Nashville, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, St. Louis, Indianapolis, St. Paul, Madison, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Knoxville, Birmingham, Asheville, Charleston, Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and many more, with the final stop of the tour taking place in Vancouver on February 22nd, 2022.
The tour also features multiple-night runs at Brooklyn Bowl in New York (11/3–6), Variety Playhouse in Atlanta (11/12, 11/13), Scott Inn in Austin (11/18, 11/19), a homecoming at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA (1/12–15), The Fillmore in San Francisco (2/14, 2/15), Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR (2/17, 2/18), and The Showbox in Seattle (2/19, 2/20). Since many shows on the band’s initial 2020 tour were sold out, several two-night runs will feature one concert where only tickets to the rescheduled shows will be honored.
“It gives me the greatest possible pleasure to announce a truckload of new tour dates,” Patterson Hood said along with the tour announcement. “After 15 months off the road, it’s time to gas up that tour bus and load up that gear and take this Rock and Roll out among the people again. We’ve all had our vaccinations. I’m begging all of you (that haven’t already) to please get those shots and let’s do this right. It’s easy and effective and the way forward towards getting our lives back. We want our friends out there to be safe and healthy and also don’t want some widespread breakout to derail all of this again.”
Along for the ride to provide opening support on various stops of the tour are Matthew E. White, Ryley Walker, Bette Smith, JD McPherson, Buffalo Nichols, Jay Gonzalez, Pilgrim, Motrick/Camp Amped, and David Lowery (Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven).
“DBT is turning 25 next month,” Hood continued. “We’ll be getting together in July to blow out the cobwebs as well as do a little recording of some new songs before heading out to play for you. I have a feeling these will be some of the greatest DBT shows we’ve ever played and I hope to see all of you out there as soon as possible.”
Tickets for the new dates go on sale on Friday at 10 a.m. local time, with a pre-sale beginning on Thursday at 10 a.m. local time. Visit Drive-By Truckers’ website for tickets and more detailed information, and scroll down for a full list of tour dates.