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Patterson Hood on the 2/14 Weekend cover

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This Thursday’s Weekend cover guy is Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers, who performs Saturday, Feb. 16, at The Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville. We talked at length about his most recent solo album, “Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance,” and, of course, his band.

“We’ve got a tour in March for about two weeks, and then we’re going to come home and go straight into the studio,” he said of the Truckers. “Because we did (2010’s) ‘Big To Do’ and (2011’s) ‘Go-Go Boots’ at the same time, it’s been a little over four years since we did anything. We’ve got some new songs, and it feels good. The band (which lost bass player Shonna Tucker in 2011 and John Neff late last year) has gone through some changes and some rough times lately, but we seem to have come out on the other end in a good place. We’re smoking hot right now, and we’re very excited to go in and record.”

As for the title track of “Heat Lightning” — funny story about that. Hood’s sister worked on the record with him and pointed out that heat lightning, technically, doesn’t rumble. That precipitated a friendly sibling argument between the two.

“We bickered back and forth, and in the end even though I said it was still gonna be the name of my goddamn album, it was bugging the shit out of me, but I didn’t want her to know it,” he said with a laugh. “So I ended up doing some research, and I found out that it does rumble! You just don’t hear it because it’s so far away! Just because you don’t hear it doesn’t mean it doesn’t rumble; therefore my title is even more perfect.

“So I printed out a link talking about that, and I mailed it to her. Along with a picture of me shooting her a bird.”

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February 12th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

New Drivey-By Truckers … already??? SWEET!

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The fellas (and lady) in the Drive-By Truckers don’t waste any time. “The Big To Do” was released earlier this year, and now comes word the band is planning its next album for a February release. Here’s the info from Thirty Tigers:

Drive-By Truckers will release Go-Go Boots, on February 15, 2011 on ATO Records.  Go-Go Boots is their eleventh record and was produced by their longtime producer, David Barbe (Deerhunter, Bettye LaVette, Sugar). In conjunction with Go-Go Boots, they’ll also be releasing their documentary The Secret to a Happy Ending on DVD.

Go-Go Boots builds on their roots with the old Muscle Shoals country-and-soul sound. “We recorded nearly 40 songs last year and into this year and fairly early on divided it into two separate albums” explains DBT co-founder Patterson Hood. “The Big To-Do, released first, was the more straight forward “Rock” album. Go-Go Boots is what I sometimes (semi-jokingly) refer to as our country, soul, and murder ballad album. Those elements definitely play into it, but it’s a little more open ended than that.”
The Secret to a Happy Ending is a film about the redemptive power of rock-and-roll.  It’s a film about the American South, where rock was born.  It’s about a group of kids that grew up amidst the sweet soul music made in Muscle Shoals, Alabama by black and white musicians while the civil rights movement exploded all around.  It’s about leaving home and embracing the DIY ethos of punk.  It’s about making art, making love and making a living.  It’s a film about the Drive-By Truckers. Select screenings of the documentary are still being shown in theaters and FilmBuff will be releasing the movie on iTunes and across other digital platforms.
The band will show their appreciation for vinyl and independent record stores by releasing a special 10” 45 with “Thanksgiving Filter” and “Used To Be A Cop” on Record Store Day, November 26th. Both songs will be on Go-Go Boots and the release will be a limited pressing of only 2,500 copies and will feature a special sleeve designed by Wes Freed as well as a download card.
DBT will be releasing a series of Go-Go Boots episodes directed by Patterson Hood and Jason Thrasher.  As a preview to the episodes they’ve released a video for “Used To Be a Cop” that can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/16259405.
The band will kick off a month long tour in Europe this week and will end the year with a bang playing New Year’s Eve in New York city at Terminal 5. The Go-Go Boots tour will be announced soon.
The Drive-By Truckers are Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Shonna Tucker, Brad Morgan, John Neff and Jay Gonzalez.
Go-Go Boots track listing:
1.     I Do Believe
2.     Go-Go Boots
3.     Dancin’ Ricky
4.     Cartoon Gold
5.     Ray’s Automatic Weapon
6.     Everybody Needs Love
7.     Assholes
8.     The Weakest Man
9.     Used To Be A Cop
10.   The Fireplace Poker
11.   Where’s Eddie
12.   The Thanksgiving Filter
13.   Pulaski
14.   Mercy Buckets

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November 8th, 2010 at 10:48 am

Sundown in the City 2010 lineup announced

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Here it is! The announcement of this year’s Sundown in the City lineup. Remember — it’s still on Thursdays, starting April 22, but will be every other week. Same location — Market Square in downtown Knoxville — and still free, but because of burgeoning crowds, organizers hope to ease the strain on downtown merchants.

What: Regal Entertainment Group presents Sundown in the City 2010
Thursdays April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3 and June 17, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Market Square in downtown Knoxville
How much: Absolutely free! With free parking after 6 p.m. at the Locust Street, Market Square and State Street garages.

Starting this year, fans of Sundown will be able to receive text alerts to their mobile phones. To receive text alerts about Sundown, fans should text the word SUN to 68572. Standard texting rates apply.

This year’s line-up:

April 22 — Trombone Shorty with opener to be announced

May 6 — The Eli Young Band with Jill Andrews

May 20 — Tonic with Aftah Party

June 3 — Blues Traveler with The Dirty Guv’nahs

June 17 — Drive-By Truckers with Eli “Paperboy” Reed & The True Loves

Drive-By Truckers tour dates and free .mp3!

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Just in from my pal Traci Thomas over at Thirty Tigers:


Athens, GA — The Drive-By Truckers announce the first part of The Big To-Do tour, screenings of their documentary, The Secret To A Happy Ending, unveil the album cover for The Big To-Do and offer free MP3.

The Big To-Do is slated for release on March 16, 2010 on ATO Records. Leading up to the release the band will play some weekend runs before kicking off The Big To-Do tour with a two night stand in Atlanta and then heading to SXSW. More dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

DBT and ATO Records are offering up the first single, “This Fucking Job”, from The Big To-Do for free:


The premiere screening of the DBT documentary, The Secret To A Happy Ending, is scheduled for February 5, 2010 at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. This is a film about the redemptive power of rock-and-roll; it’s about the American South, where rock was born; it’s about a band straddling the borders of rock, punk and country; it’s about making art, making love and making a living; it’s about the Drive-By Truckers. Director Barr Weissman, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley and Brad Morgan will be on hand for a Q&A after the screening.

This is the seventh DBT album that has featured original artwork by Wes Freed. The band has a very special relationship with Wes, they never tell him what to draw and often give him no input at all, yet he always seems to find some subtext, often one they didn’t know was there, that he brings out and runs with. That relationship has hit a new level on this album, as he basically illustrated every song. He honed in on the circus allusions of The Rock Show and how it all could be tied together in The Big To-Do. Look for more pieces to be unveiled in the weeks prior to release date.

The Secret To A Happy Ending screenings:
Fri Feb 5      Silver Spring, MD     AFI Silver Theatre sold out
*Sat Feb 6     Silver Spring, MD     AFI Silver Theatre
*This is a midnight screening after the screening on Feb 5.
Sun Feb 28   San Francisco, CA    Noise Pop Film Festival

Drive-By Truckers on tour:
Thu Jan 28            Huntsville, AL             Crossroads Music Hall
Fri Jan 29            Mobile, AL                        Soul Kitchen
Sat Jan 30            Tuscaloosa, AL            Jupiter Bar & Grill
Thu Feb 11            Greenville, SC            Handlebar
Fri Feb 12            Raleigh, NC                        Lincoln Theatre
Sat Feb 13            Raleigh, NC                        Lincoln Theatre
Sun Feb 14            Knoxville, TN                        Bijou Theatre

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January 26th, 2010 at 8:43 am

Drive-By Truckers sign to new label, announce new CD

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Just in from my good friend Traci Thomas over at Thirty Tigers:


“Drive-By Truckers are the best rock band in America.” CNN.com

New York, NY—ATO Records is pleased to announce the signing of Drive-By Truckers and their label debut, The Big To-Do. The album, which will be the band’s tenth in their thirteen-year career, is scheduled to be released March 16, 2010. The Big To-Do features thirteen new tracks from the Drive-By Truckers and was produced by their long time producer, David Barbe (Sugar, Bettye LaVette). “It’s very much a rock album,” says Patterson Hood of the Trucker’s upcoming release. “Very melodic and more rocking than anything we’ve done since disc 2 of Southern Rock Opera.”

The inspiration for The Big To-Do came to the band during their time on the road. “We’ve often set our songs and albums in different periods of time, but this one finds us directly in our present. Riding all through the highways of America (and Europe) trying to make sense of a very different world than the one we grew up in,” says Hood. “I don’t write a lot of songs on the road, but I did more than usual on this album and many more were inspired by or set there, either in a literal sense or something I witnessed or heard about while I was out there.”

Hood and Mike Cooley continue to be the chief songwriters of the group, continuing a musical partnership that has lasted over twenty-three years. Bassist, Shonna Tucker, flexes her songwriting muscles once again by contributing two original songs to the album. Brad Morgan (drums), John Neff (guitar/pedal steel) and Jay Gonzalez  (keyboards) round out the current Drive-By Truckers lineup.

The band recently backed legendary R&B musician, Booker T. Jones, on his critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated album, Potato Hole. The album is nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

The Drive-By Truckers will be hitting the road at the beginning of the new year. A full tour supporting The Big To-Do will be announced in early 2010.

The Big To-Do Track Listing:
1. Daddy Learned to Fly
2. The Fourth Night of My Drinking
3. Birthday Boy
4. Drag the Lake Charlie
5. The Wig He Made Her Wear
6. You Got Another
7. This Fucking Job
8. Get Downtown
9. After the Scene Dies
10. (It’s Gonna Be) I Told You So
11. Santa Fe
12. The Flying Wallendas
13. Eyes Like Glue
14. Girls Who Smoke (Bonus track – vinyl only)

Drive-By Truckers on tour:
1/28 Huntsville, AL  Crossroads Music Hall
1/29 Mobile, AL        Soul Kitchen
1/30 Tuscaloosa, AL  Jupiter Bar & Grill
2/11 Greenville, SC   Handlebar
2/12 Raleigh, NC       Lincoln Theatre
2/13 Raleigh, NC       Lincoln Theatre
2/14 Knoxville, TN    Bijou Theatre
2/25 Charlotte, NC     Neighborhood Theatre
2/26 Charlottesville, VA  Jefferson Theatre
2/27 Charlottesville, VA  Jefferson Theatre

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December 10th, 2009 at 7:09 am

Drive-By Truckers coming back to East Tennessee!

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Regular readers know how much I love the Drive-By Truckers. I interviewed them most recently in January, and I’m thinking seriously of including this year’s collection of B-sides and rarities, released as an album titled “The Fine Print,” on my year-end best-of list, even though it’s not a proper studio album. (I must note, however, that my friend and colleague John Sewell, who occasionally reviews albums for Knoxville’s alternative weekly, wasn’t so fond of it.)

So when I saw that the band had announced a string of winter tour dates, I hit up the website, hoping that the band would indeed include East Tennessee on a stop. They have — for Feb. 14, 2010, at The Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. Yay. That’s a Sunday; no word of it yet on the website of AC Entertainment, which books the Bijou. I’m sure they’ll announce something soon. (UPDATE: AC just announced that tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m.; no word on price)

Looks like my wife has had her Valentine’s Day present delivered early.

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December 1st, 2009 at 7:53 am