Eight years ago, gritty alt-country rockers Drive-By Truckers did a run of gigs dubbed the Dirt Underneath tour.

“It was conceived as an acoustic tour, but over time it sort of morphed into more of a halfway acoustic tour,” the band recalls in a recent email to their fans. “We sat down and definitely re-arranged and reinvented songs, pulled out songs that usually don’t get played much in our regular show, had more banter and story-telling and a generally different vibe and approach from the DBT Rock Shows that we are known for.”

Now, the band is gearing up to do another run of dates with the exact same approach. “It will be a fun change of pace for us and hopefully a fun and different thing for y’all,” they go on. Aside from “pulling out some different songs” and mix up “old favorites in a different way,” the Drive-By Truckers also hope to work out new tunes throughout the shows.

The original Dirt Underneath tour led to Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, the bands seventh LP. And now, it appears that they hope the Dirt Underneath (Returns) tour will yield similarly positive results.

Only time will tell.

Drive-By Truckers

The Dirt Underneath (Returns) 2015 Tour
April 17: Columbia, Mo. -- The Blue Note
April 18: Kansas City, Mo. -- Madrid Theatre
April 19: Boulder, Colo. -- Boulder Theater
April 21: Flagstaff, Az. -- Orpheum Theater
April 22: Solana Beach, Calif. -- Belly Up Tavern
April 23: Los Angeles, Calif. -- The Regent Theater
April 24: MontereyCalif. -- Golden State Theatre
April 25: Napa, Calif. -- Uptown Theatre
April 27: Portland, Ore. -- Revolution Hall
April 28: Seattle, Wash. -- Moore Theatre
May 1: Minneapolis, Minn. -- First Avenue
May 2: Iowa City, Iowa -- Englert Theater