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Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance (new album / stream)

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Monday, Jul 23, 2012
by PopMatters Staff
Photo: Andy Tennille
Patterson Hood returns with his third solo album in September and notably all of his fellow Drive-By Truckers will make appearances on the record.

Patterson Hood
Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
Release date: 11 September

Patterson Hood returns with his third solo album in September and notably all of his fellow Drive-By Truckers make appearances on the record. Scott Danbom and Will Johnson from Centro-matic and Kelly Hogan are also on hand to collaborate with Hood. The songs from this record are drawn from a period in which Hood was penning a book on his life at 27. The book didn’t materialize, but the songs did and they seemed to be a more natural way of Hood expressing himself.
As Hood explains, “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.”

Hood has made a song available for previewing Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance: “Come Back Little Star”. As Hood says, “I co-wrote this song with my dear friend Kelly Hogan, who also came in to sing it with me. She began the lyrics as a song for our late dear friend Vic Chesnutt and I re-wrote it with the intention of her recording it for her album. She ended up letting me put it on my album and it’s a highlight to me.”

01. 12:01                                        
02. Leaving Time                              
03. Disappear 
04. Better Off Without                        
(untold pretties)                       
After The Damage                        
07. Better Than The Truth
08. Betty Ford
09. Depression Era
10. Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance
11. Come Back Little Star
12. Fifteen Days (Leaving Again)

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