The Drive-By Truckers are in the midst of an impressive run. With Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, the band released one of the most critically acclaimed records of 2008. 2009 saw the issuing of a rarities record and—finally—a live CD/DVD combo chronicling the Truckers’ first appearance on the vaunted Austin City Limits stage.

2010 brings The Big To-Do, the latest addition to the Drive-By Truckers’ compendium of Southern drama and the first of two releases planned for this year. Again proving that they can be both a lyric AND guitar driven band—not an easy balance—the Truckers masterfully weave stories of Dixie’s shady side, with protagonists and antagonists more comfortable in a trailer park than in Central Park. Jaded strippers, murderous preacher’s wives, drunks, liars, and cheaters—each character worn and bruised in his or her own way; these are stars of a Drive-By Truckers song.

This year promises to be huge for this bar band gone big time. The Big To-Do is receiving impressive reviews, and The Truckers will spend time on the road with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers while appearing at festivals across the country. Surf over to driverbytruckers.com to download “Birthday Boy” off the new record and find out when the Truckers will take to a stage near you.