Long-serving Southern punks THE DEXATEENS, unphased by Covid lockdown, are issuing a new download-only live album next month.
Live From Athens, GA - Heathens Homecoming 2020 was recorded, as the name implies, at the annual Heathens Homecoming show hosted by the DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia on 13 February. The gig saw founding singer/guitarist Elliott McPherson and bassist (and also current Truckers member) Matt Patton joined by original guitarist/singer John Smith, who left the band in 2010. The line-up was completed by drummer Brian Gosdin.
The band's set was recorded by producer and former SUGAR bassist David Barbe and mixed and mastered at his Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens.
Formed in 1998 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, The Dextateens are little short of a Southern institution, maintaining a fluctuating line-up around McPherson and Patton with occasional breaks. Veering between full-on garage-punk plangent Americana and queasy whiskey-swillin' Southern Rock, they've made six full-lengths for labels such as Estrus, Skybucket and Cornelius Chapel, who release the band's most recent studio album Teenage Hallelujah in 2016.
Live From Athens, GA is set for release on 3 July through Cornelius Chapel and is available to pre-order exclusively through Bandcamp.
Check out 'Makers Mound' from the gig...
Pic by Amy Ellis