Since early December, Drive-By Truckers have been performing sans their erstwhile secret weapon, bassist/singer Shonna Tucker. That's a shame, because she brought pathos to the country-western tunes she sang on last year's Go-Go Boots that I'm not sure the dudes in the band will be able to replicate. Still, their well-crafted tearjerkers stand on their own, evoking smoky bars and small-town tragedies. Even after starring in a documentary and achieving wide renown, Drive-By Truckers still sound like they'd rather be sitting on the back porch, spinning depressing yarns about missing husbands and preachers who murder their wives. In addition to their thunderous Southern rock, Drive-By Truckers can make country music like it was 40 or 50 years ago—sad, but with touches of cynicism that keep things from getting emotionally manipulative. REBECCA WILSON
1332 W Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Doors usually open an hour before show time.