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Patterson Hood

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Patterson Hood

Patterson Hood with Jay Gonzalez & Brad Morgan 

When: Tue., Feb. 12, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $15

Despite membership changes and an exhausting road schedule, the Drive-By Truckers have released a new album at least every two years since their 1998 debut. But co-leader Patterson Hood has never seemed much like the sort to be lost for words or, in this case, songs. In the same decade-plus, he's issued three solo albums, the best-executed of which is last year's great Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. Hood's characters share an inclination toward mishaps, but it's how they handle the toil (and how he relates it) that makes the difference: On tragic album opener "1201," it's the drunk who can't stay sober long enough to realize that his life is falling apart. On banjo double-timer "Better Than the Truth," the self-pitying Billy Ringo serves as the town's stoned jester, until he decides simply to give up. And on the heartbreaking duet "Come Back Little Star," Hood pines beautifully for his late friend, the singer Vic Chesnutt, who took his own life in 2009. Like ghosts, these characters come back to haunt Hood, serving as bittersweet fodder for another poignant dozen. —Grayson Currin

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