Thank God for KEXP, possibly the world’s best radio station. Listening via internet radio (me and my friend in Belgium, both!) yesterday I heard an advance single from the upcoming album by Drive By Truckers, “The Righteous Path”. I’ve always confessed to being a sucker for slide guitars, but this track’s heavy driving beat pulls you right through the even heavier lyrics like a pickup laboring through a heavy rainstorm. There’s a beauty and a tragedy to it that emerges right from the soggy ground warming after the rain ends, and if you can bear the smell you keep your head up and move forward. Hopefully the rest of the album is this beautiful.