has announced the release of his third solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance, out Sept. 11 through ATO Records. The new record features appearances from Hood’s Drive-By Truckers bandmates, Mike Cooley, Jay Gonzalez, Brad Morgan and John Neff, with long-time DBT collaborator David Barbe co-producing alongside Hood. Other contributors include Scott Danbom and Will Johnson from Centro-matic, Kelly Hogan and Hood’s own father, Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood.
The inspiration for Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance began when Hood was writing a book. Although the book didn’t end up coming to fruition, songs were written, and the project turned into a record.
Hood says about the album: “The songs begin in the period that the book was set in, but don’t end there, as they really just were the impetus for writing about the life I am living now and contrasting it with the troubled times of two decades ago. It is in some ways the most personal album I’ve ever made. There has always been a lot of me in all of the albums we’ve done, but usually semi-disguised as character sketches and stories. But the first person narrative in this one is pretty firmly rooted in autobiography, albeit in two dramatically differing time periods.”
Below, listen to a track preview of “Come Back Little Star,”—a song Hood co-wrote with Hogan. Also, check out the album’s tracklist and Hood’s upcoming tour dates.
Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance Tracklist
1 - 12:01
2 - Leaving Time
3 - Disappear ?
4 - Better Off Without
5 - ?(untold pretties)
6 - After The Damage
7 - Better Than The Truth
8 - Betty Ford
9 - Depression Era
10 - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance
11 - Come Back Little Star
12 - Fifteen Days (Leaving Again)
Patterson Hood Tour Dates
20 - Winston-Salem, N.C. @ Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art*
21 - Camden, N.J. @ XPoNential Music Festival*
23 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Bell House*
3 - Charleston, S.C. @ Pour House
16 - Lexington, Ky. @ Lexington Opera House w/ Todd Snider
14 - Pinnacle, N.C. @ Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival*
12 - Austin, Texas @ ACL FESTIVAL*
w/ Downtown Rumbers = *