The truth is in the fine print. And Drive-By Truckers have never been afraid of the truth. Even through the 12-song The Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities, reality sticks like blood from an open wound.
The Fine Print succeeds where most similar collections fail, each track boasting the songwriting acumen that has planted the Truckers firmly at the forefront of rock-and-roll. The back-porch swirl of “George Jones Talking Cell Phone” would’ve made the song’s namesake proud, a reading of Tom Petty’s “Rebels” brims with arena-ready bravado, and “The Great Car Dealer War” shaves away the guise of an illegal career with sobering familiarity. Alternate takes of “Uncle Frank” and “Goodesfield Road” rival the official releases in both spirit and delivery.
Drive-By Truckers have upped the ante with The Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities, and there is no bluffing. Odds and sods releases are inherently colored by tracks better left on the studio floor, but no one told this band. There are no leftovers here; The Fine Print is a DBT-branded main course.
The Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities and Rarities is out now on New West Records.