As the house lights dimmed, and the P.A. pumped out background party music curated by the always-animated "Stroker Ace," Mike Cooley (singer, guitar), DBT assumed the stage, checked the levels and primed its artillery of Fenders and Gibsons for a marathon session of Southern rock hellfire-and-brimstone. Wasting very little time, the six-piece band lunged into "The Fourth Night of My Drinking" from this year's The Big To-Do.
Just like that, church was in session.
If the band seemed somewhat reserved, it only took a few songs for them to settle into the cut and relax. As is always the case with DBT, by the time they reached the chorus of "Where the Devil Don't Stay, from 2004's The Dirty South, each member looked as if they were having more fun than anyone else in the room.
Bassist Shonna Tucker's head served as the perfect metronome, while singer/guitarist Patterson Hood stomped his lurching legs in perfect unison. The whole operation started to gel perfectly as the band popped into the breakneck guitar romp, "Drag the Lake Charlie." John Neff"s pedal steel whined and squealed, providing an ideal swirling ambiance on top of the signature unadulterated DBT swamp rock.