In keeping the focus on southern bands who are garnering national attention, today C&T looks at The Dexateens from Tuscaloosa. They're featured this month in both Paste and Spin, with the latter labeling them a "band on the rise."
The Dexateens are an Alabama band whose current album was recorded in Athens and Nashville with the production assistance of Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers fame). That's a pretty good Southern pedigree, I'd say. Sonically they're in the same neighborhood as acts like The Black Keys, North Mississippi Allstars, or the aforementioned DBT -- perhaps not the most original sound imaginable, but probably appealing to fans of dirty blues-rock with a Southern flair. I like to see a band that lists among its influences Gram Parsons and Charley Pride along with James Gang and Captain Beefheart. I hear a little Tweedy in the vocal too. Here are tracks from their most recent releases:
From Hard Wire Healing (2007):
The Dexateens - Naked Ground
From Red Dust Rising (2005):
The Dexateens - Red Dust Rising
Both are available from Skybucket Records.
For more on The Dexateens, check out their MySpace page or official site.