It's not very often that two bands that appeal to the same audience (and even have somewhat similar names!) perform at two different Charlotte clubs on the same night.
But it'll happen next week, when Drive-By Truckers stop in Amos' Southend as the Mother Truckers play about a mile away at Tremont Music Hall.
The rock-leaning Drive-By Truckers have opened for the Dave Matthews Band and will tour this fall with the Hold Steady. The Mother Truckers, who tend more toward boogie and swing, have a few years less experience.
But these two Truckers have much in common.
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Both write introspective alt-country that captures the trials of the working class. Both hail from cities with rich live-music scenes – the Mothers from Austin, DBT from Athens, Ga. And both feature a female member, to help pretty up the harmonies and the stage: The Mothers' Teal Collins sings co-lead and plays ukulele and guitar; DBT's Shonna Tucker plays bass and has started contributing some songwriting.
Chances are if you like one of these Trucks, you'll dig the other – which, of course, presents a problem Thursday night. But if you're willing to do some hustling (and are willing to pay for two separate shows), you might be able to catch some of both headliners' sets.