Drive-By Truckers Reveal Details for New Album American Band, Share First Single “Surrender Under Protest”

Photo by Danny Clinch
Photo by Danny Clinch

Just in time for the band’s 20th anniversary, Drive-By Truckers have announced American Band, their eleventh studio album. The Georgia-by-way-of-Alabama southern rockers will release the 11-song collection via ATO on September 30. In advance of the album, the band shared “Surrender Under Protest,” a new track from the album, at NPR.

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American Band is a rock and roll call to arms as well as a musical reset button for our band and the country we live in,” the band’s Patterson Hood wrote in a statement. “Most of all, we look at it as the beginnings of some conversations that we, as a people very much need to begin having if we ever hope to break through the divisions that are threatening to tear us apart.

“Drive-By Truckers are celebrating our twentieth anniversary as a band in an election year where some people are trying to define what it is to be American. Definitions based on some outdated ideology of prejudice and fear. We are loudly proclaiming that those people don’t speak for us. America is and always has been a land of immigrants and ideals. Ideals that we have often fallen short of achieving, but it’s the striving that has given us whatever claims to greatness we have had. That’s what America means to us and “We’re an American Band.”

Listen to “Surrender Under Protest” via NPR here. Check out the American Band track listing and a list of newly announced tour dates below.


1) Ramon Casiano

2) Darkened Flags on the Cusp of Dawn

3) Surrender Under Protest

4) Guns of Umpqua

5) Filthy and Fried

6) When the Sun Don’t Shine

7) Kinky Hypocrites

8) Ever South

9) What It Means

10) Once They Banned Imagine

11) Baggage

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13            New York, NY                        Lowdown Hudson Music Fest *

17            Alta, WY                        12th Annual Targhee Fest *


19            Aspen, CO                        Belly Up

20            Morrison, CO                        Red Rocks Amphitheater #

27            Lexington, KY                        Moontower Music Festival *


16            Toronto, ON                        Toronto Urban Roots Festival *

17            Fredericton, NB             Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival *

23            Kansas City, MO            Crossroads @

24            Minneapolis, MN            First Avenue ##

25            Sioux Falls, SD                        The District ##

28            Missoula, MT                        The Wilma ##

29            Seattle, WA                        Showbox at The Market ##

30            Portland, OR                        Wonder Ballroom ##


1            Portland, OR                        Wonder Ballroom ##

2            Vancouver, BC                        Rickshaw Theater ##

5            Sacramento, CA                        Ace of Spades ##

6            San Francisco, CA            The Fillmore ##

7            San Francisco, CA            The Fillmore ##

8            Lake Tahoe, CA            Montbleau Resort Casino ##

11            Los Angeles, CA            Teragram Ballroom ##

12            Los Angeles, CA            Teragram Ballroom ##

13            Solana Beach, CA            Belly Up Tavern ##

14            San Luis Obispo, CA            Fremont Theater ##

15            Scottsdale, AZ                        Livewire ##

Festival Appearance

# w/ Yonder Mountain String Band and Special Guests Preservation Hall Jazz Band

w/  Son Volt (Trio)

## w/ Special Guest Lydia Loveless

Song Premiere: Paper Bird, “I Don’t Mind”