singer/songwriter and former Drive-by Trucker, 8 p.m.
Mike Cooley is one-half of the songwriting team behind the Drive-By Truckers, the finest guitar rock act to emerge in the last 15 years. The Alabama quintet’s sound is fueled by a three-guitar attack, blending the Replacements’ punky attitude and Skynyrd’s squall. And at the core of the Truckers’ music you’ll find the disaffected down-home stories of Cooley and co-writer Patterson Hood. While Cooley’s not as prolific as his partner, it’s a matter of quality over quantity. His nuggets include the powerful “Uncle Frank,” a cannily crafted ode about the deceitfulness of the music biz, “Carl Perkins’ Cadillac,” and the philosophical “Gravity’s Gone,” a stellar track that’s filled with a lifetime’s worth of wisdom. Cooley is currently touring in support of his solo debut, the live acoustic album A Fool on Every Corner. —Chris Parker THURSDAY