It’s been a long time since a tune got this deep into my blood. From the Drive-By Truckers‘ latest full-length, Go Go Boots, “Everybody Needs Love” is a cover of a song by Muscle Shoals session man and songwriter Eddie Hinton. (DBT frontman Patterson Hood is the son of one of Hinton’s fellow Shoal-ers.)
It’s got an infectious rhythm, reminiscent of the best of the Muscle Shoals rhythm section. It’s an uplifting tune, counterpointed with Hood’s gravely, road-weary voice.
I got a lot of positive reaction on the socialwebs last weekend when I posted this analogy:
“Everybody Needs Love” : Drive-By Truckers :: “California Stars” : Wilco
It never fails to boost my mood. And once I hear it, I’m singing it all day. It’s an instant R&B classic, rediscovered after thirty years.
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