Drive-By Truckers songwriters Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley reportedly struggled to write their new record, the follow-up to their decidedly political “American Dream” in 2016.

“How do you put these day to day things we’re all living through into the form of a song that we [much less anybody else] would ever want to listen to?” Hood said. “How do you write about the daily absurdities when you can’t even wrap your head around them in the first place? I think our response was to focus at the core emotional level. More heart and less cerebral perhaps.”

The band channeled that heart and anger into a new album, “The Unraveling,” which was released in January. The record’s first single, “Armageddon’s Back in Town,” features Hood singing lead.

Drive-By Truckers will play two nights at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21 at 9:00 p.m. These shows are open to ages 21+ over. Kelsey Waldon is the opener. We’re giving away pairs of tickets to the Saturday concert, March 21. Here’s how to enter for a chance to win:

To enter the tickets drawing, fill in the blanks below and press “Submit.” One entry per person, please. Duplicate entries will be ignored. Tickets are not transferable. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, February 25, at 5 p.m. PT. We’ll notify the winners by email. Good luck!