Patterson Hood & the Downtown Rumblers, Hope for Agoldensummer

When: Thu., Sept. 27, 9 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 28, 9 p.m. 2012

Drive-By Truckers are on the road pretty much constantly, which means that the band is cooped up on a bus for the majority of any given year. With all that free time, vocalist Patterson Hood began to take a stab at a novel centered around a recently divorced musician in his late 20s (wonder who that was...) whose car is stolen, and whose band's van is stripped before he leaves his hometown for good to live in Memphis. Hood's story was to be accompanied by a soundtrack, which he was also penning during the same time. But when the story stalled, Hood erred toward his more accomplished talents, completing his third solo album under the novel's working title, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. Along with backing band the Downtown Rumblers, Hood explores a more melodic, vocally assured Americana that's as much memoir as music. RYAN J. PRADO

Price: $20

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