Track Listing Acknowledgments Act One 1. A Mean Old Highway - U.S. Route 72 2. That Muscle Shoals Sound - The Shoals, Alabama 3. Dying before Your Time - Macon, Georgia 4. Hell - Birmingham, Alabama Act Two 5. Fly around the World and Back - The Road 6. From the Swamps of Northern Florida - Jacksonville 7. Hurtling through Space - Outside Gillsburg, Mississippi 8. America - Huntsville, Alabama / Oxford, Mississippi Notes
This book focuses on the ways in which the Drive-By Truckers used Southern Rock Opera to design a road trip to understanding the modern South and the contradictions of Southern identity.
Rien Fertel is the author of The One True Barbecue (2016). He writes, teaches, and lives in and about the American South.