As the longtime frontman of the Alabama by way of Athens rock outfit Drive By Truckers, the name Patterson Hood generally conjures imagery of cranked up Gibson SG’s and whiskey soaked rock shows but the truth of the matter is there is a lot more to the man than that. While his day job for the last 15 years (damn, has it really been fifteen years) has been leading one of America’s hardest working rock groups on what could best be described as a brutal tour schedule, Patterson has regularly released solo albums showcasing his softer side.
His latest effort, Heat Lightning Rumbles In the Distance is set to be released on September 9th, and features the lead single “Come Back Little Star” which is streaming below. This gorgeous new tune was penned with Kelly Hogan, and serves as a tribute to their late friend and revered Athens musician Vic Chestnutt. The song is great, and serves as a wonderful tribute to Chestnut. Check out the tune in the player below, and get psyched on the new album this fall.