Spooner Oldham to join Drive By Truckers on Dirt Underneath Tour

Muscle Shoals songwriter and keyboard legend Spooner Oldham will be joining the Drive by Truckers on their Dirt Underneath Tour. Then, Spooner will be recording with them as they begin work on their 8th studio album. Along with Duane Allman and Dan Penn, Oldham was a major force in crafting that famous “muscle shoals sound”.

Although, every detail of his resume is too much to mention his credits as a songwriter and studio musician are impressive . He has added his famous keys to records from Neil Young, Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Flying Burrito Brothers, Wilson Pickett, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Brown, and a whole bunch of other folks. Oldham also played extensively on Dylan’s Saved and Slow Train Coming tours. As a songwriter, he has had an long list of top 40 hits.

I think for DBT fans excitement looms large with this news. The addition of Spooner Oldham should make the next Truckers’ record even more eventful. We’re all expecting great things from them when they begin recording their new record in the very near future.

The news all came from a post by Patterson on the Drive By Truckers site. Here is the letter:

Y’ALL: Everyone has seen The Godfather (I hope at least a time or two) and knows that a man can’t turn down a request on the day of his daughter’s wedding. With that said, last weekend I was in memphis attending the wedding of my dear friend Roxanne Oldham. Her father is Spooner Oldham, who has played keyboards on some of my favorite records ever made. Spooner and my father have played together off and on for 40 years. His is that incredible Wurlitzer part that begins Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You).” He also played on “Do Right Woman” and has co-written some of the greatest songs ever recorded. He has additionally toured and made records with Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Last summer he toured with Crosby Stills Nash and Young. He also played keys on “When The Pin Hits the Shell” on our Decoration Day album.

We had decided some time back that we wanted him to record again with us this summer. With that in mind, last weekend we asked him to come out with us on THE DIRT UNDERNEATH TOUR. He’ll be with us in Athens next week and then get in the bus and play for the next two weeks. That way we’ll be all tightened up in june when we begin tracking the 8th DBT album.

Additionally, John Neff is all fired up and ready to do some double duty on guitar and pedal steel on our upcoming shows and the next album. He and Shonna will both be stepping up to the mic to help with harmonies and such.

Spirits are high all around, as the songs are continuing to come together and everyone is thrilled and excited to begin this next chapter of the continuing saga that is Drive-By Truckers.

See you soon at a venue near you.
Patterson Hood
Drive-By Truckers

When the pin hits the shell is on the player




thanks to whoever took that picture of Shonna

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