Fans of alt country rockers Drive-By Truckers are very familiar with Mike Cooley; especially for his songwriting ability and guitar work. If you’re not already a fan, you should probably just take a few minutes and get acquainted with the his work with that band, because it’s some of the best modern southern rock going, and a huge influence on new Nashville country (see Sturgill Simpson, or Jason Isbell). Mike will be sharing stories and playing a sure-to-be-epic solo gig at City Winery on Monday, Dec. 12. Tickets are currently available here, but we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky fan, so enter for a chance to win below, and get some more info on Mr. Cooley.
Mike Cooley got his start in northern Alabama, near Muscle Shoals, along with his long time friend Patterson Hood. Prior to their ultimate creation of Drive By-Truckers, those two spent the early 1980s performing in numerous punk inspired bands before moving to Athens, GA to create the music that would become their full time jobs. Together, Cooley and Hood have created some of the most significant and influential southern rock in the last twenty years. Often called Southern Rock Opera, in honor of their highly acclaimed 2001 album by the same name, the Truckers have cultivated a sound and lyrical style of their very own. Although Cooley and Hood have remained the constant nucleus, the band have had many different lineups, including their highest profile player, Jason Isbell, who we all know has gone on to a beyond successful solo career.
Cooley, along with Hood, has a tradition of rich story telling, which often speaks to pressing issues like race, the NRA, police brutality, Islamophobia, the plague of suicides and opioid abuse, giving listeners a little thought and perspective on how many people struggling in America. “Surrender Under Protest,” “Kinky Hypocrite,” and “Once They Banned Imagine,” each of which were written by Cooley, are perfect examples from the Drive-By Truckers latest record American Band. So be there in person for this super intimate, solo performance from a master songwriter, doing what he does best, telling his stories.
ENTER TO WIN TICKETS
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Winner will be announced Friday, Dec. 9 at 12 p.m. CST and will receive one pair of tickets. Good luck!
Mike Cooley will perform on Monday, Dec. 12 at City Winery. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 6 p.m.), and tickets are available for $20-$28.