Certainly ******** Lonely Love and Never Gonna Change rank up there. Cooley's written some great songs too: 3 Dimes Down, Zip City. I love Patterson's story telling style. I think my favs come from him: Putting People on the Moon, Lookout Mountain, Two Daughters and a Beautiful Wife, That Man I Shot. There's others. Funny, most of those songs I mentioned came from The Dirty South or Brighter Than Creations Dark. I guess we know which two records I liked the best.I also have the whole DBT, Isbell, Hood catalogue.
While Jason's songs were possibly my faves on the DBT albums he participated in I actually also find that his own albums are good and have some great moments but not actually as attractive to me as the Drive By Truckers albums overall. I've never seen Jason play live but what I've seen on YouTube has indicated that it would be something well worth doing. I have seen the Truckers once in Nashville with The Hold Steady.
Neff being bought in has IMO been a good thing for the truckers as it gives them the 2 guitars plus PSG option as well as the flat-out 3 guitar attack, and Shonna Tucker has stepped up to the plate since Jason left also.
This is exactly why I like John's playing best. Great tone, always on key, and smooth.