The Fool on Every Corner, the first solo release by Drive-By Truckers’ Mike Cooley, strips away the amps and his bandmates, leaving a man and his songs on stage for all to see. Recorded during a three show run in Georgia â€“ a two-night stand at The Earl in Atlanta and a performance at The Melting Point in Athens â€“ the album boasts some of his finest songs, reconfigured for a solo setting. â€œCartoon Goldâ€ stings with clever, concise wordplay and the delicate â€œLoaded Gun in the Closetâ€ channels a painful tension that can only be released by firing a round. And while reworked takes on â€œGuitar Man Upstairsâ€ and â€œWhere the Devil Donâ€™t Stayâ€ donâ€™t fare nearly as well in this setting, they do provide a fresh takes on Truckersâ€™ classics that are worth a listen.
Mike Cooleyâ€™s contributions to Drive-By Truckers canon are often overshadowed by the hyper-prolific work of his cohort, Patterson Hood, but The Fool on Every Corner proves that his songwriting is just as essential.
The Fool on Every Corner is out now.