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    Default Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance

    online listen
    nothings clicking for me
    must I lower the bar
    I have my collection to fall back on
    guess this is how people get labeled as stuck in the past
    but I still try
    good lyrics here, but the music is so dry
    no I'm not going to electronic
    1.3 from me and a converted 2.6 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - Leaving Time

    released Sept 11th, 2012

    Bio - from allmusic

    Best known as leader of the Drive-By Truckers, songwriter Patterson Hood was born into a musical family, with his
    father (David Hood) serving as the longtime bassist for studio legends the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Patterson
    began writing songs at the tender age of eight, and by the time he was 14 he was playing guitar in a local rock
    band. While attending college in 1985, he formed the band Adam's House Cat with his friend Mike Cooley, and the
    group won Musician Magazine's Best Unsigned Band competition three years later. However, the band's regional acclaim
    didn't translate into significant commercial success, and its sole full-length album was never released.

    After Adam's House Cat split up, Hood and Cooley continued to work together. They eventually formed the Drive-By
    Truckers in 1996, following a mutual relocation to Athens, GA. Drawing equal influence from country and rock & roll,
    the Drive-By Truckers released their first album, Gangstabilly, in 1998. However, it was with their ambitious
    double-disc set, 2001's Southern Rock Opera, that garnered the Truckers their first dose of nationwide critical
    acclaim. Southern Rock Opera's success as an independent release helped earn the a band a contract with Lost Highway
    Records, which soon reissued the album on a wider scale. After the label had a falling out with the DBTs over their
    somber follow-up, Decoration Day, the group bought the album back from Lost Highway and, instead, partnered with the
    independent label New West Records. Decoration Day was then released to rave reviews in 2003.

    Throughout the bulk of the Drive-By Truckers' career, Hood also wrote music that didn't suit the band's muscular
    stomp. In 2001, as the Truckers were completing Southern Rock Opera, Hood -- who by his own admission was going
    through a difficult period, having weathered a divorce and some personal difficulties with his bandmates -- recorded
    a set of acoustic demos that were considerably darker than most of his compositions for the group. Hood pressed up a
    CD of the acoustic sessions, titled the collection Killers and Stars, and sold copies at his periodic solo shows,
    with the album described as "a work in progress." In 2004, Hood enlisted the help of producer David Barbe, who
    mastered the records before New West gave Killers and Stars a proper release. Hood returned to the solo game several
    years later with Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs), which found him partnering with his father for the first
    time on record. 2012 saw the release of Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance, a third solo album that enlisted the
    talents of all of his DBT bandmates. The album began as a novel about a particularly dark time in Hood's life, but
    when inspiration to write dried up, he shifted the themes of the book over to these songs.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    The first rule of making a solo album is there's no point in bothering unless you're trying to do something you
    couldn't do within the context of your band, and Patterson Hood clearly understands this. The tenor of Hood's
    lyrical voice is strong enough that there's a clear link between his music with the Drive-By Truckers and his solo
    material, but his first two albums, 2004's Killers and Stars and 2009's Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs),
    found him exploring themes that were too quirky, intimate, or idiosyncratic to fit comfortably within the big,
    muscular sound of the DBTs. The paradox of his third solo effort, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, is that it
    sounds and feels the least like an album by the Truckers, but comes closest to capturing the deep emotional
    resonance of their finest work. The songs on Heat Lightning were inspired by an uncompleted novel Hood wrote about a
    period of personal, musical, and familial chaos in the '90s, and while this music isn't as stark as the four-track
    demos that became Killers and Stars, the songs are as personal and emotionally naked as anything the man has ever
    released, and the music is a fine match in its spare but evocative arrangements. These 12 songs are dominated by
    failing relationships, friendships lost to bad luck and destructive impulses, family discord, and the downsides of a
    life lived in transit, and though Hood has never been known to shy away from tragedy in his lyrics, there's an
    unpretentious literacy in Heat Lightning's unflinching yet compassionate storytelling that's deeply affecting. And
    while several members of the Drive-By Truckers accompany Hood on these sessions, the overall impact isn't just
    quieter, but finely attuned to the dour realities of these characters in an appreciatively individual way. Hood has
    never written a set of songs that cohere as powerfully as these do, the individual snapshots gaining strength and
    depth as a whole. And while it may be a bit out of place thematically, Hood's collaboration with Kelly Hogan, "Come
    Back Little Star," is a beautiful and heartbreaking farewell to their friend and colleague Vic Chesnutt, and a
    brilliant reminder of the unpredictable mysteries of fate, as good a summation of this album's themes as anything.
    While Patterson Hood's first two solo albums were full of fine music, they often seemed to have been created as a
    venue for songs that just didn't suit the DBTs. Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance, on the other hand, stands on
    its own as a catalog of troubled hearts and souls, and it's a brave, compelling collection from an artist who
    continues to evolve in remarkable and unexpected ways.

    Track Listing

    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 Time Again)

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    To me this is just another DBT release, but then again I own almost all of the the DBT and Patterson releases, so I like it a lot

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    each to their own R_burke, but i dont like it neither...thats the beauty in music though....there is always a market for every type and genre

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