Southern rhythms have always been in Patterson Hood's blood. Born in Alabama as the son of David Hood, a bassist for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, young Patterson started writing songs at age 8. Much later, he became famous for writing and performing songs with the country-rock band Drive-By Truckers — and began simultaneously producing solo work in 2004.
Hood enlisted Drive-By Truckers bandmate David Barbe for the creation of his new solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, which came out this week. Heat Lightning grew out of a dark period following Hood's divorce; here, he explains to World Cafe host David Dye why this album was the "most intimate and personal record" of his career.
This segment originally aired on September 12, 2012. (link)
Listen to the Patterson Hood session here.
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The Black Crowes "Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution" Warpaint
Wilco "Box Full of Letters" A.M.
The Lumineers "Stubborn Love" The Lumineers
((Patterson Hood "Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Patterson Hood "1201" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Patterson Hood "Leaving Time" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Patterson Hood "Disappear" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Patterson Hood "Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance" Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
((Patterson Hood "Disappear" Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance))
Lucinda Williams "Essence" Essence
Dawes "If I Wanted Someone" Nothing Is Wrong
Rodriguez "Sugar Man" Cold Facts
((The Cuban Cowboys "Jinetero" Cuban Candles))
Elton John "Amoreena" Tumbleweed Connection
The Great American Canyon Band "Young Lady" The Great American Canyon Band
The Great American Canyon Band "Tumbleweed" The Great American Canyon Band
The xx "Angels" Coexist
Garbage "Only Happy When it Rains" Garbage
((Tiny Masters of Today "Book Song" Bang Bang Boom Cake))
Mumford & Sons "I Will Wait" Babel
Franz Ferdinand "Take Me Out" Franz Ferdinand
Freeland Whales "Spitting Image" Diluvia
((Arcade Fire "Modern Man" The Suburbs))
Benjamin Gibbard "Bigger Than Love" Former Lives
REM "Man on the Moon" Automatic for the People
Cat Power "Cherokee" Sun
The Shins "It's Only Life" Port of Morrow
((Tame Impala "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind" Innerspeaker))