Patterson Hood: Live Last Night

Live Last Night

Patterson Hood loves to play. The Drive-By-Truckers, the band of road warriors he founded in the mid-1990s, is taking a rare break. So Hood put together a bunch of Southern rock friends, dubbed 'em the Screwtopians and booked a tour of his own. Several times during his show last night at the Black Cat, as his new combo jammed around him, Hood fell to his knees and looked to the sky, like a guy thanking the lord for the job he's got.

(Read the rest of the review after the jump.)

Hood is touring in support of "Murdering Oscar and Other Love Songs," a solo record that includes a lot of tunes he wrote and recorded in 1994, pre-Truckers, and then forgot about, only to rediscover them during a 2004 housecleaning. The title track, a grisly guitar rocker about an unrepentant murderer, had Hood screaming: "I don't need nobody to try and save me/I killed Oscar and I forgave me!" (The tune was definitely written by the same guy who wrote the Truckers' vintage shoot-'em-up anthem, "Nine Bullets.)

Hood admitted his bad-date song "Belvedere," also from the rediscovered batch, was about "a creepy guy," then dedicated it to Michael Jackson. Keeping with the wacko celeb theme, Hood delivered "Walking Around Sense" a bar-rocker that takes on Courtney Love.

He stayed away from the Trucker's catalogue for much of the night. But the fans went wild when Hood sang that band's glorious "Valentine's Day," another sad sack tune that reminded the crowd that Hood isn't one of those guys who saves the good stuff for his solo records. Following Hood's lead, the band was having as much fun as crowd.

-- DAVE MCKENNA

By J. Freedom du Lac |  June 26, 2009; 3:07 PM ET Live Last Night
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