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'Best year ever' for Patterson Hood, DBT
Patterson Hood and fellow guitarist Mike Cooley pretty much split the song-writing duties for the new Drive-By Truckers album "English Oceans." The album bowed back on March 4, 2014 and also marks the first time Cooley has taken singing duties on a song written by Hood.
The changes were well received by critics and fans alike, with one reviewer calling the songs "character studies set to Southern rock music," and another saying that the album "is full of their familiar southern rock: soul and brass occasionally adorn storytelling songs which attempt to right wrongs and champion the worker against The Man." National Public Radio (NPR) also called it Drive-By Truckers' first exceptional album since "Brighter Than Creation's Dark" in 2008.
Studio music wasn't the only thing Hood was working on this year. Along with Cooley and Jason Isbell, he was part of a one-night-only concert benefit for lifelong friend Terry Pace back on June 15 at the Shoals Theatre. It marked the first time the trio played on stage together in several years, and the benefit was staged after Pace suffered two debilitating strokes in March which required several weeks of hospitalization. He was released and is recovering, but due to a long, expensive rehabilitation the concert was held to offset some of his medical costs.
The Drive By Truckers are just wrapping a fall tour. The band said in a recent Facebook post , "Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our band this year. 2014 has been DBT's best year ever on so many levels. Let's finish it right with 3 nights at Fillmore, San Francisco. See you at The Rock Show."
Alt country meets Southern Rock for Patterson Hood (Created May 22, 2013)
Patterson Hood is one of the five current members of the alternative country and Southern Rock band known as the Drive-By Truckers. Son of bassist David Hood of the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Patterson was born into a musical family and began writing songs by the age of eight. So where does one go as a child prodigy, of sorts, when trying to map out a career in the family biz? Hood took up residence with some local rockers by the age of 14, and in college formed the band Adam's House Cat. The group won Musician Magazine's Best Unsigned Band competition just three years later, but failed to gain any traction despite widespread popularity in the region.
Hood's friend Mike Cooley, who played in Adam's House Cat, helped him form Drive-by Truckers in 1996 after both men relocated to Athens, Georgia. Their first album, 1998's "Gangstabilly," was followed three year later by the double-disc "Southern Rock Opera." Nationwide critical acclaim followed, and the band secured a deal with Lost Highway Records. Still, the partnership didn't last.
The follow to "Southern Rock Opera" was a project the band called "Decoration Day," and its more muted, somber tone failed to strike a cord with execs at the label. Hood and the group later bought the album back from Lost Highway and took the work to an indy label, where it bowed to rave reviews in 2003.
Hood's solo career has also had similar ups and downs. From his first set of acoustic demos (a collection he labeled "Killers and Stars") to the 2012 release of "Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance," the collection of songs have covered much darker periods in his life set far apart from Drive-By Truckers. Still, he describes the newer tracks as the most personal and intimate of his career, and you can hear them in person as he travels the country with the Downtown Rumblers through July 2013.
Drive-By Truckers Touring 'English Ocean' This Summer
Drive-By Truckers on are the move this summer. They’ve just announced a North American tour in support of the newly released English Ocean and fans will get the chance to hear songs from the band’s twelfth studio album. The entire album save for one track was recorded over the course of thirteen days last summer.…Read more
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Patterson Hood Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 04/13/2015 Durham NC Carolina Theatre
Patterson Hood Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/21/2014 Denton TX Dan's Silverleaf 12/20/2014 Saint Louis MO Sheldon Concert Hall 12/19/2014 Evanston IL SPACE 12/18/2014 Decatur GA Eddie's Attic 12/11/2014 Decatur GA Eddie's Attic 12/06/2014 Knoxville TN Bijou Theatre 06/15/2014 Florence AL Shoals Community Theatre 04/11/2014 Napa CA City Winery - Napa 04/10/2014 Mill Valley CA Sweetwater Music Hall 03/02/2014 New York NY City Winery 01/24/2014 Seattle WA The Crocodile 01/22/2014 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 01/18/2014 Vancouver BC The Media Club 01/15/2014 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge 01/11/2014 Missoula MT The Top Hat 01/11/2014 Missoula MT Top Hat Lounge 01/10/2014 Boise ID Knitting Factory - Boise 01/08/2014 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge
Patterson Hood Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/14/2013 Denver CO Larimer Lounge 12/13/2013 Denver CO Larimer Lounge 12/10/2013 Decatur GA Eddie's Attic 12/07/2013 Felton CA Don Quixote's International Music Hall 12/06/2013 San Francisco CA The Chapel 12/03/2013 Decatur GA Eddie's Attic 07/20/2013 Santa Monica CA Mccabe'S Bar 07/19/2013 Santa Monica CA Mccabe'S Bar 06/19/2013 Virginia Beach VA The Jewish Mother 06/14/2013 Ithaca NY The Haunt 06/13/2013 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom 06/11/2013 Evanston IL SPACE 06/09/2013 Newport KY Southgate House 06/08/2013 Franklin TN Franklin Theatre 06/07/2013 Birmingham AL Sloss Furnace 05/30/2013 Seattle WA Triple Door 04/05/2013 Mill Valley CA Sweetwater Music Hall 03/31/2013 Salt Lake City UT The State Room 03/30/2013 Salt Lake City UT The State Room 03/29/2013 Salt Lake City UT The State Room 02/16/2013 Knoxville TN Bijou Theatre 02/13/2013 Charlotte NC McGlohon Theatre 02/12/2013 Carrboro NC The ArtsCenter 01/25/2013 Austin TX Waterloo Records
Patterson Hood Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/14/2012 Nashville TN The High Watt 12/13/2012 Nashville TN The High Watt 12/08/2012 Athens GA 40 Watt Club 12/08/2012 Athens GA 40 Watt Club 11/18/2012 Dublin D The Workman's Club 11/16/2012 Den Haag Crossing Border Cafe 11/13/2012 London Lnd Union Chapel 11/11/2012 Oslo John Dee 11/09/2012 Donostia-San Sebastian Basque Country Teatro Victoria Eugenia 11/08/2012 Orense 58 Cafe & Pop Torgal 11/06/2012 Barcelona B Sidecar 11/04/2012 Munich ?? Muffathalle 10/12/2012 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/12/2012 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/11/2012 Austin TX Cactus Cafe 10/10/2012 Austin TX Cactus Cafe 10/07/2012 San Diego CA Anthology 10/06/2012 Los Angeles CA Hollywood Forever Cemetery 10/02/2012 Seattle WA Tractor Tavern 10/01/2012 Seattle WA Tractor Tavern 09/29/2012 Vancouver BC Biltmore Cabaret 09/28/2012 Portland OR Star Theater 09/27/2012 Portland OR Star Theater 09/24/2012 Minneapolis MN Fine Line Music Cafe 09/23/2012 Chicago IL City Winery - Chicago 09/22/2012 Chicago IL City Winery - Chicago 09/20/2012 Hudson NY Club Helsinki Hudson 09/18/2012 Boston MA Paradise Rock Club 09/17/2012 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 09/16/2012 Philadelphia PA World Cafe Live 09/15/2012 Charlottesville VA The Southern Cafe and Music Hall 08/16/2012 Lexington KY Lexington Opera House