Friday, September 7, 2012

Patterson Hood: Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance

A Patterson Hood B-side is better than most songwriter's best A-sides. Hood's solo output, apart from the Truckers, has been spotted with sparse (often much darker) material, and taken as a whole (3 albums worth) amounts to a solid body of work. While never quite as satisfying as a full blooded Patterson effort such as "Used to be a Cop" the writing on these albums is concise, clear, strong and deeply personal. Hood's newest album Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance comes out Sept 11 on ATO, backed by The Downtown Rumblers: Jay Gonzalez on piano, Brad Morgan on drums and Jacob Morris on cello. Their tour kicks off next week in NC. Opening the shows will be Hope For Agoldensummer, also from Athens. Dates after the jump. Here is a striking and sad duet with Kelly Hogan in tribute to the late Cody Chesnutt.

Tour dates:

Sep 14          Jomeoke Music and Arts Festival – Pinnacle, NC
Sep 15          The Southern Cafe and Music Hall – Charlottesville, VA
Sep 16          World Cafe Live Downstairs – Philadelphia, PA
Sep 17          Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
Sep 18          Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
Sep 20          Club Helsinki – Hudson, NY
Sep 22          City Winery – Chicago, IL
Sep 23          City Winery – Chicago, IL
Sep 24          Fine Line Music Café – Minneapolis, MN
Sep 27          Star Theater – Portland, OR
Sep 28          Star Theater – Portland, OR
Sep 29          Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
Oct 1            Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Oct 2            Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA
Oct 5            Hardly Strictly Bluegrass  – San Francisco, CA
Oct 6            Masonic Lodge @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA
Oct 7            Anthology – San Diego, CA
Oct 10           Cactus Café – Austin, TX
Oct 11           Cactus Café – Austin, TX
Oct 12           Austin City Limits Festival – A

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