A Blessing and a Curse is the sixth studio album by Drive-By Truckers, released in 2006. It peaked at #50 on the Billboard 200, which was the highest charting for the band until 2008's follow up, Brighter Than Creation's Dark, which hit #37. Ironically A Blessing and a Curse is regarded as their most controversial and polarizing album by both the band and fans. This is the last album to feature Jason Isbell on guitar as he left the band in spring of 2007. A Blessing and a Curse is a departure from Drive-By Truckers' previous sound, exhibiting less of a 'southern-rock' chemistry and taking on a more classic rock edge than any of their previous records. Approximately half of the songs were recorded within hours of them being written. A Blessing And A Curse and its predecessor, The Dirty South, are the only two albums by Drive-By Truckers that have the same exact band line-up (other than The Big To-Do and Go-Go Boots, which were both recorded during the same sessions).