Drive-By Truckers will release the new studio album The Big To-Do on March 16, 2010 via ATO Records. The album will feature thirteen new tracks from the Drive-By Truckers and was produced by their long time producer, David Barbe (Sugar, Bettye LaVette).

“It’s very much a rock album,” frontman Patterson Hood said in a statement. “Very melodic and more rocking than anything we’ve done since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera.”

The Drive-By Truckers will also appear on the cover of Relix’s February/March issue. Noted rock scribe Mark Kemp spent time on the road with the band, discussing its new studio project and future plans. The issue also features profiles of a reunited Pavement, Vampire Weekend, ALO, God Street Wine and David Rawlings & Gillian Welch,

“We’ve often set our songs and albums in different periods of time, but this one finds us directly in our present. Riding all through the highways of America (and Europe) trying to make sense of a very different world than the one we grew up in,” Hood continues. “I don’t write a lot of songs on the road, but I did more than usual on this album and many more were inspired by or set there, either in a literal sense or something I witnessed or heard about while I was out there.”

The album’s track listing is as follows:

1. Daddy Learned to Fly
2. The Fourth Night of My Drinking
3. Birthday Boy
4. Drag the Lake Charlie
5. The Wig He Made Her Wear
6. You Got Another
7. This Fucking Job
8. Get Downtown
9. After the Scene Dies
10. (It’s Gonna Be) I Told You So
11. Santa Fe
12. The Flying Wallendas
13. Eyes Like Glue
14. Girls Who Smoke (Bonus track – vinyl only)

Drive-By Truckers upcoming dates include:

1/28 Huntsville, AL—Crossroads Music Hall
1/29 Mobile, AL—Soul Kitchen
1/30 Tuscaloosa, AL—Jupiter Bar & Grill
2/11 Greenville, SC –Handlebar
2/12-13 Raleigh, NC—Lincoln Theatre
2/14 Knoxville, TN—Bijou Theatre
2/25 Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre
2/26-7 Charlottesville, VA—Jefferson Theatre