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Who: Patterson Hood with Jay Gonzalez and Brad Morgan
Where: Bijou Theatre
When: Saturday, February 16 (8 pm)
Fans of Knoxville music, we have been fans of Patterson Hood for some time. It goes back to the discovery of his band, The Drive-By Truckers, at a rowdy venue on the Isle of Palms nearly ten years ago. Since then, Mr. Hood has toured the world with DBT and has recently released an album of solo material – Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance – that was so impressive we featured it in our KMT Top Albums of 2012! But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to our favorite local entertainment writer, Steve Wildsmith, in his preview of the show for The Daily Times -
Patterson Hood’s life doesn’t exactly mirror those of the characters in his songs.
During a recent phone interview, the co-founder, co-bandleader, singer and guitarist for the Drive-By Truckers takes time out to scold a rambunctious puppy. That’s a far cry from the guy in “12:01,” (the lead-off song to “Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance,” his most recent solo album) who drives toward a liquor store at 12:01 a.m., watching the zombies shuffle in and out and waiting his turn to buy the anesthetic that’ll help him chase away the morning.
“Half of this record very much came from my contemporary, right-now life,” said Hood, who performs Saturday night in downtown Knoxville. “It’s probably the most personal and immediate stuff I’ve ever written. ‘Leaving Time,’ ‘Fifteen Days,’ ‘Come Back Little Star,’ ‘Heat Lightning’ — all of them are very, very immediate, and there’s definitely some darkness in them. But hopefully there’s light also, because I’m in a pretty good place overall these days.”
Not that “Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance” is a pop record. Hood’s an avowed fan of music in general, and his eclectic tastes run the gamut — his best-of-2012 list included albums by Father John Misty, Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo, Sharon Van Etten and Alabama Shakes, among others — but it’s not in his nature to write songs that can be described as fun. And even those that take on a more light-hearted tone can’t help but include a streak of menace or unease. (Examples: The 50-year-old couple into drugs and threesomes in “Margo and Harold” or the litany of potential victims in the rocking “Nine Bullets,” both songs on the second Truckers album “Pizza Deliverance,” released in 1999.)
No, Hood is more in his element when he’s writing about bad men (“The Three Great Alabama Icons”), sad men (“The Fourth Night of My Drinking”), hurting men (“Mama Bake a Pie”) or crazy men (“I Used to Be a Cop”). His flair for Southern Gothic storytelling helped make the Truckers — founded by Hood and bandmate Mike Cooley — one of the most respected contemporary rock ‘n’ roll bands of the past decade.
And Mr. Patterson Hood in all his narrative glory -