PATTERSON HOOD – MURDERING OSCAR (and other love songs)

Last week saw the release of Drive-By Truckers’ co-frontman Patterson Hood’s second solo-album, Murdering Oscar (and other love songs). I believe the album also marks the first on DBT’s new label (their own), Ruth Street Records.

The album was produced by Patterson and long-time DBT producer David Barbe. Joining Patterson on the album are most of his Truckers bandmatesa as well as Don Chambers, Will Johnson and Scott Danbom of Centro-matic & South San Gabriel. Patterson’s father, David Hood, also joins him on cd for the first time ever.

Like Patterson’s first solo album, Killers and Stars, there aren’t any “new songs” on Murdering Oscar, and some are almost driving age. Murdering Oscar was written at two different times with two different Patterson Hoods doing the writing. The story goes like this, part of the album was written in the early nineties as a bitter Patterson was going through a shitty divorce. Then sometime in 2004 Patterson found an old cassette with those demos on it liked them enough that he decided to finish the album. Now, some 10 years later, life is shining on Patterson, so instead of trying to find those dark places in his mind, he juxtaposes the bitterness of a decade past with the positivity of his current station in life. So finally in January of 2005 he gathered the folks mentioned above and recorded the album…after which it promptly sat on a shelf until now.

The results are pretty typical Patterson for me. I barely liked any of it on the first listen and as it continued to play in my car different songs began to grow on me, which is how a lot of Patterson’s DBT tracks play out for me. The guitars on the album do hold a familiar raw sound that the past few DBT albums have been sorely missing and there are a couple of tracks on here that would fit perfectly on any Truckers album (Heavy and Hanging), but as a whole this isn’t where a DBT/Patterson newcomer should start.

Patterson Hood – Heavy and Hanging
Patterson Hood – The Range War
Patterson Hood – Murdering Oscar

Patterson Hood’s Official Site, Patterson Hood on myspace, Buy Murdering Oscar (and other love songs)


Patterson Hood sent out an email recently that contained a lot of interesting information I thought I’d pass along:

  • Patterson’s second solo album, Murdering Oscar (and other love songs) is available for pre-order. One of the available pre-order packages includes an autographed 180 gram vinyl album, a digital download and a signed (by Wes Freed) and numbered giclée of the album artwork.
  • Summer dates are scarce but Patterson hopes to take his merry band of Screwtopians (David Barbe, Will Johnson, Scott Danbom, John Neff and Brad Morgan) on a coast to coast tour somtime later this year. (PATTERSON! YOU GUYS REMEMBER WHERE FLORIDA IS?????)
  • July 7 will see the DVD release of the Trucker’s appearance on PBS’s Austin City Limits. The DVD contains the complete show (only approx. 1/3 aired) which features on of the last ever performances of “18 Wheels Of Love”, featuring the full monologue and the sequel monologue. (I NEED A COPY OF THIS!)
  • On Sept. 7, DBT’s former label, New West Records, will be releasing The Fine Print (A Collection of Oddities and Rarities 2003-2008). The album will contain many hard to find tracks such as “George Jones Talkin’ Cell Phone Blues”, “Rebels”, “Play It All Night Long”, “TVA” and the original version of “Goode’s Field Road”. (FINAL MONEY GRAB BY NEW WEST OR LEGIT RELEASE? THE REST OF THE TRACKLIST WILL TELL)
  • And finally, sounds like the band is in the studio this month recording the as of yet untitled follow-up to Brighter Than Creation’s Dark. They hope to release it sometime in early 2010. (HOPEFULLY THE LABEL CHANGE WILL LEAVE THE BAND FEELING ENERGIZED)

Drive-By Truckers – 18 Wheels of Love
Drive-By Truckers – The Great Car Dealer War


Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again is the Athens, Ga. based Bloodkin’s seventh album, but this is the first time I’ve ever heard of them. Bloodkin is; Daniel Hutchens (vocals, guitars), Eric Carter (guitars, backing vocals), Eric Martinez (guitars, backing vocals), William Tonks (guitars, dobros, backing vocals), David Nickel (bass) and Aaron Phillips (drums). When I first heard the album I was immediately drawn in by their similar feel to that of The Drive-By Truckers.

A shared home base, a vast array of guitar players and a common sound to DBT is not where the Bloodkin/DBT common road ends, though. I’d guess that the two bands are kindred spirits as illustrated in the liner notes by Patterson Hood himself when he writes, “This is music reflecting not just the pain and suffering that accompanies life but also the love and beauty that hopefully fights for it’s rightful place alongside it. Life affirming Rock and Roll in the finest tradition. This is music to LIVE with and it don’t get any better than that…” That could just as easily describe almost any Truckers album. The common path doesn’t end there, either, since the album was produced by veteran DBT producer David Barbe and the album features Mike Cooley sitting in on banjo on the track “The Viper”.

Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again is devoid of any of the trappings of the corporate rock sound. A Southern rock album that’s pure, honest and Essential Listening.

Bloodkin – Easter Eggs
Bloodkin – Place To Crash
Bloodkin – Little Margarita

Bloodkin’s Official Site, Bloodkin on myspace, Buy Baby, They Told Us We Would Rise Again