Drive By Truckers and Greendale
The Drive By Truckers' front guy Patterson Hood is interviewed in Glide Magazine by Shane Handler:
Q: You talk about the songs fitting together, and The Dirty South seems to fall into a concept album realm, much like Neil Young’s Greendale. But Greendale revolves around idealism, and The Dirty South offers a more realistic message, one in which people don’t have a choice to revolt and try and change the world. Do you agree?
Patterson Hood: I saw Neil Young last summer when he was doing the Greendale tour. I really liked the first two-thirds of the record and then he loses me. It’s kind of like somewhere after Grandpa dies, it’s like an attempted Utopian ending or something that I didn’t get. I say that as the utmost Neil Young fan, but I felt some of the moments on that record were real high points, and there are great songs on there, although some of them were a bit longer than I would have liked them to be. I guess I can say that about some of my songs too. I tend to romanticize the three-minute pop song, but it seems like when I attempt to do it, it comes out at five (laughs).
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