Drive-By Truckers pull over at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe |

Drive-By Truckers pull over at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Left to right: Brad Morgan, Patterson Hood, John Neff, Jay Gonzalez, Mike Cooley. Photo by Andy Tennille.

Two of the most storied musical towns south of Memphis and Nashville are Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Athens, Ga. Those are the hometowns of the founders of perhaps today’s hottest alt country band in the land, the Drive-By Truckers.

Patterson Hood, who is the son of Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section bassist David Hood, and Mike Cooley started the band in 1996.

Joined by John Neff, Brad Morgan and Jay Gonzalez, the Drive-By Truckers perform Saturday, March 17, in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room. The concert has an early 7 p.m. start with opener Robert Ellis.

Drive-By Truckers have two live albums, two compilations and nine studio albums, including 2011’s “Go-Go Boots.”

Hood, who has produced albums of a couple of soul artists who recently played together at Harrah’s, Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones, blended soul, R&B and country on “Go-Go Boots,” the band’s fastest selling album.

Bassist Shonna Tucker left the band after eight years three months ago.

“We all love and respect her and wish her all of the best in everything she sets out for,” Hood said on the band’s website. “(Shonna) logged in over 1,000 shows and was also a major part of our records with Bettye LaVette and Booker T. Jones. Her charm and spark will be irreplaceable and her part in our last decade of this band’s history is indisputable. We will share in our fans missing of her.”

Matt Patton will play bass on the Drive-By Truckers’ two spring tours.

Bassist Shonna Tucker left the band after eight years three months ago.

“We won’t be naming a permanent member anytime too soon,” Hood said. “This is an ‘off’ year with limited touring and a lot of other activities on our plate. David Barbe played bass on much of my upcoming solo album, and the plan is still to have him play on our next album, which we are not starting any time soon, so the plan could change before that happens.”

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