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“It’s easy to love the hard-charging sound of the Drive-By Truckers. But it’s charming to put the heavy musical artillery away and find out what’s under the creative Hood.” – Relix
Athens, GA Patterson Hood and the Downtown Rumblers announce a 19-date tour in support of Hood’s third solo record. Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance will be released September 11th on ATO Records.
The Downtown Rumblers are Hood, Jay Gonzalez on piano, Brad Morgan on drums and Jacob Morris on cello. Opening the shows will be Hope For Agoldensummer, also from Athens, GA.
Preview “Come Back Little Star” with Kelly Hogan:
Patterson Hood and Kelly Hogan collaborated on a song for Hood’s next record, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. Listen to the song premier at Rolling Stone.
I’m looking forward to seeing some of you out there this next weekend in Richmond, Annapolis and Alexandria.
Fri Jun 15
THE VIRGINIA ROOM
Sat Jun 16
METROPOLITAN KITCHEN & LOUNGE
Sun Jun 17
It’s been quite a few years since I played a solo show in Richmond (not counting a couple of fine record store in-stores at Plan 9 and Deep Groove). The Virginia Room looks to be really nice and I always look forward to seeing my many friends in one of my favorite towns.
I’ve never played in Annapolis before, but will try to make up for it by playing twice in one evening (7pm & 10pm). The Birchmere in Alexandria is an absolute landmark and for great reason. It’s been half a decade since last time and I’m really looking forward to playing Father’s Day evening there.
The shows will be a nice change of pace for me, as I’ve been mostly playing with The Downtown Rumblers (and Mystic Rumblers) of late. I plan to preview songs from my upcoming new album Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, as well as a nice variety of songs and stories from years past, (DBT and solo). I’ll probably use my show last year at Standard Deluxe in Waverly as a template, as that was one of my favorite evenings of the year.
Speaking of Waverly. I had so much fun last year that I vowed on stage to come back this year and bring a band I will be doing just that on Saturday, July 7th when I take The Downtown Rumblers for a very special evening of music, story telling and fun.
On other news, Jenn and I are building a new web site for me and it should be ready to launch soon.
This past weekend I went to see Jay Gonzalez‘ album release show at The 40 Watt in Athens. There was a really good crowd and it was one of my favorite evenings in a long time. The show was opened by Jack Logan, who has long been one of my favorite songwriters around and who has just finally started playing out again after a very extended hiatus. Local band The Arcs played a fantastic set of songs that would have been #1 hits in some alternate universe where great songs = massive success.
At midnight, Jay came out with a terrific band and absolutely killed it. We keep him pretty busy so his shows are all too rare, but worth a road trip any time you get the opportunity. If you haven’t heard his amazing new solo album yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. It has been getting rave reviews all over the world and live it may be even better.
SPEAKING OF WHICH:
DBT has announced a few dates for late summer. We are playing so few this year that we really want to make each one extra special. Last year we took part in The Georgia Theatre’s Grand Opening and SOLD OUT both nights. This year we will return there just in time for their first anniversary. Jay Gonzalez will be opening.
Have a great and safe summer and see you all very soon I hope.
Patterson Hood is a musician and songwriter living in Portland, OR. He's originally from Muscle Shoals, AL and plays with a band called Drive-By Truckers as well as being a solo artist.
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