Local fans of Georgia rock band Drive-By Truckers might be pleased to learn that singer/guitarist Patterson Hood penned “Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance,” the title track of his forthcoming solo album (due in September), while hanging out in downtown Charleston. He and the Truckers were in town for a show last spring (2011) at the Music Farm when the sparks flew.


“We were in the bus, and I was hunkered down in the back lounge,” Hood says. “The song is about my family, losing the older generation, and gaining the new — cycle-of-life stuff.”

Hood’s new backing band, the Downtown Rumblers, features three Truckers bandmates — drummer Brad Morgan, pedal steel guitarist John Neff, and keyboardist Jay Gonzalez — along with studio wiz and bassist David Barbe, cellist Jacob Morris, and multi-instrumentalist Claire Campbell (of Hope For Agoldensummer).

Hood and members of the Truckers and the Rumblers recorded the album over the last year. Hood and his new band plan to tour through the Carolinas later this summer.

Check out pattersonhood.com for more.

*UPDATE: The Pour House recently announced that Patterson Hood will play a solo show on the main stage at 8 p.m. on Fri. Aug. 3. Tickets are available for $15. See charlestonpourhouse.com for more info.

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