Hood sets third solo disc for 9/11
Thursday, July 19, 2012
– Patterson Hood will release his third solo record, "Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance," on Sept. 11 on ATO Records. Hood co-produced the album with long time Drive-By Truckers' collaborator David Barbe, who also plays bass.
Hood and Downtown Rumblers will be previewing songs from the record with shows this weekend at XPoNential Music Festival in Philadelphia and the Bell House in Brooklyn. Their fall headline tour will be announced soon.
All of Hood's DBT band mates make appearances on the record (Mike Cooley, Jay Gonzalez, Brad Morgan and John Neff) as does Scott Danbom and Will Johnson from Centro-matic and Kelly Hogan. Hood's father, famed Muscle Shoals bassist, David Hood also plays.
Hood originally started out writing a book that was a half-assed fictionalization of a very turbulent period of his life when he was 27. The book eventually stopped coming but the songs continued to pour out. Most of this album comes from a short period of time between February and June of 2011.
Hood said, "The songs begin in the period that the book was set in, but don't end there, as they really just were the impetus for writing about the life I am living now and contrasting it with the troubled times of two decades ago. It is in some ways the most personal album I've ever made. There has always been a lot of me in all of the albums we've done, but usually semi-disguised as character sketches and stories, but the first person narrative in this one is pretty firmly rooted in autobiography, albeit in two dramatically differing time periods."
Hood said he wrote the song Come Back Little Star with his "dear friend Kelly Hogan, who also came in to sing it with me. She began the lyrics as a song for our late dear friend Vic Chesnutt, and I re-wrote it with the intention of her recording it for her album. She ended up letting me put it on my album, and it's a highlight to me."
Songs on the CD are:
2. Leaving Time
4. Better Off Without
5. (untold pretties)
6. After The Damage
7. Better Than The Truth
8. Betty Ford
9. Depression Era
10. Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance
11. Come Back Little Star
12. Fifteen Days (Leaving Again)
Tour dates are:
July 20 Winston-Salem, NC Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art*
July 21 Camden, NJ XPoNential Music Festival*
July 23 Brooklyn, NY Bell House*
Aug. 3 Charleston, SC Pour House**
Aug. 16 Lexington, KY Lexington Opera House** w/ Todd Snider
Sept. 14 Pinnacle, NC Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival*
Oct. 12 Austin, TX ACL FESTIVAL*
* denotes shows with Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumbers
** denotes solo shows
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