We rated Patterson Hood’s last album, Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance as the third best album released in 2012. He and Drive-by Truckers are important to us here at Johannasvisions.
Disappear (The High watt December 14, 2012):
Today we want to share a great find with you. Patterson Hood & The Downtown Rumblers played a great show at The High Watt in Nashville last December. The concert is available for free at the internet archive and Patterson Hood is all for sharing his music. The set is made up mainly of songs from his last album (two tracks missing) and a few other live favourites. It’s a great show and the quality is very decent.
Here are Egil’s view on the album:
“I was 27, my band broke up, I got divorced and left my hometown to live in Memphis…”
Pain, Booze & guilt has often helped artists create great art… There is a lot of all three in this collection of songs from the Drive-By Truckers front man. These are heartfelt songs telling stories from a period in Patterson Hoods life when he was really down… even considered suicide.
“… My car got stolen, our band’s truck got stripped and I fell in love. I fell out with my family (who I was very, very close to) and had my heart broken. I seriously pondered killing myself several times but instead wrote literally over 500 songs in a three-year period.”
~Patterson Hood (from promotional materials for Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.)
Nearly all songs on this album are great, but Come Back Little Star shines brightest.. and is a strong contender for a top 5 position on my list for the best new songs of 2012.
As some of Y’all might know, an out of town developer is attempting to build a huge mixed use development right next door to our beautiful downtown Athens. The location is a prime piece of land nestled up between our historic downtown and our river, greenway and planned Rail to Trails development.
I’m not going to get into the ramifications of all of that here, except to say it presents a tremendous set of missed opportunities and poses a host of negative implications for our beloved downtown and the local businesses that reside there.
I have written a new song about my love for this town that has given me so much and the threat that I see to our very way of life here. That might sound overly-dramatic, but I travel around this country a lot and I can tell you that what we have here is very unique and can not be taken for granted. Many of our friends who travel every year to Athens to see our annual 40 Watt / Nuci’s Space Homecoming can vouch for what a special place this is.
I recorded the song at The 40 Watt Club during our weekend there backed by members of DBT. Then some very special friends from our music community pitched in and came to Chase Park Transduction to contribute some magic. 13 players, ranging from over 30 years of Athens Music history joined in and our friend Jason Thrasher filmed it.
Some of you may have heard about a recording at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA that we provided to you for free download. We hope you enjoyed it.
Now, here is our second offering from this same tour. This show was recorded at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA on January 25th, 2012.
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Here is the complete setlist from this show:
1. The Banks of the Leopold Canal
2. Glory, Hallelujah
3. Back Alley Blues
4. Sugar Mama
6. River In The Pines
7. Two Time Loser
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1. Visions Of Johanna
2. Like A Rolling Stone
3. Tangled Up in Blue
4. Ballad Of A Thin Man
5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
6. Blind Willie McTell (electric version)
7. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
8. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
9. Desolation Row
10. Idiot Wind (New York version)