Patterson Hood 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 = *