Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers Interview

Patterson Hood of the Drive-By Truckers is featured in an extensive interview in Pulse of the Twin Cities (01 December) by Tom Hallett.
Patterson Hood: “I was raised by a very Atticus Finch-like person,” says Alabama-born and bred Patterson Hood, when asked about his early Southern upbringing and the decidedly liberal bent his songwriting eventually took. His reference to the sympathetic lawyer of Harper Lee’s racially-charged, classic novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” is matter-of-fact, tossed off almost with a shrug, as if anybody who’s ever heard those songs should just know. “Atticus probably comes closer to capturing the essence of my great-uncle George than anybody else I can think of,” he gushes. “He and Gary Cooper. I spent every weekend with him until I was 14 or so, and started chasing girls. He still lives there, on a farm that’s been in the family since the 1800s. I wrote ‘Sands Of Iwo Jima,’ on our last record, about him.”


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