Today: Patterson Hood is 49

Pattersoon Hood

“It in no way denies the horrible things that happened in the South during the civil rights struggle, … The KKK and church bombings – all of those things did happen, but at the same time there were people like my father making Aretha Franklin records, these southern white boys who made their living playing on some of the best soul records ever made.”
~Patterson Hood

American musician and singer/songwriter, plays Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Piano and works as producer and mixing engineer, born March 24, 1964. He is best known as leader of the Drive-By Truckers.
His father is David Hood, longtime bassist of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

One of last years best songs from no.3 album on JV’s “The 25 best albums of 2012” is “Come back little Star”.

“Come Back Little Star” (Live at WFUV):

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Mike Cooley & Patterson Hood formed the Drive-By Truckers in 1996, following a mutual relocation to Athens, GA. Drawing equal influence from country and rock & roll, the Drive-By Truckers released their first album, Gangstabilly, in 1998. However, it was with their ambitious double-disc set, 2001’s Southern Rock Opera, that garnered the Truckers their first dose of nationwide critical acclaim. Southern Rock Opera’s success as an independent release helped earn the a band a contract with Lost Highway Records, which soon reissued the album on a wider scale. After the label had a falling out with the DBTs over their somber follow-up, Decoration Day, the group bought the album back from Lost Highway and, instead, partnered with the independent label New West Records. Decoration Day was then released to rave reviews in 2003.
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One of the best songs from DBT’s brilliant “Southern Rock Opera”:

Ronnie & Neil:

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Another song from his great solo album from 2012: “Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance ”

Leaving Time:

Album of the day:

Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance (2012)

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….While Patterson Hood’s first two solo albums were full of fine music, they often seemed to have been created as a venue for songs that just didn’t suit the DBTs. Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, on the other hand, stands on its own as a catalog of troubled hearts and souls, and it’s a brave, compelling collection from an artist who continues to evolve in remarkable and unexpected ways.
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Other MAR-24:

  • Nicholas Drain “Nick” Lowe (born 24 March 1949), is an English singer-songwriter, musician and producer.A pivotal figure in UK pub rock, punk rock and new wave, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums. Along with vocals, Lowe plays guitar, bass guitar, piano and harmonica. He is best known for his songs “Cruel to Be Kind” (a US Top 40 single), and “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass” (a top 10 UK hit), as well as his production work with Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and others. Lowe also wrote “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding“, a hit for Costello. He currently lives in Brentford, London, England.
    Nick Lowe
  • 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of… is the debut album by American hip hop group Arrested Development, released in 1992 (see 1992 in music). The album’s chart success was the beginning of the popularization of Southern hip hop. 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of… stood in stark contrast to the gangsta rap that ruled the hip hop charts in 1992 (such as Dr. Dre’s The Chronic), in its focus on spirituality, peace and love. It was voted as the best album of the year in The Village Voice Pazz & Jop critics poll. The album’s title refers to the length of time it took Arrested Development to get a record contract.The song “Tennessee” is part of the The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll list.
    Released March 24, 1992
    Recorded 1991
    Genre Alternative hip hop
    Length 61:08
    Label Chrysalis/EMI Records
    0946 3 21929 2 9
    Producer Speech