Patterson Hood is Moving to Portland
by Cat Johnson
Patterson Hood, longtime leader of the Drive-by Truckers, embodies the South. His songs are full of Southern characters, his accent oozes Georgia, and he’s an ambassador for all those Southerners who are all about making good friends, good memories, and good music.
In a recent piece for the New York Times Magazine entitled The South’s Heritage is About So Much More Than a Flag, Hood eloquently writes about the rich history of the South with its music, art, civil rights leaders, and many complexities. It’s a sentiment that resonates throughout his own life and music. As he puts it,
As a songwriter, I’ve spent the better part of my career trying to capture both the Southern storytelling tradition and the details the tall tales left out, putting this dialectical narrative into the context of rock songs.
But the lifelong Southerner is moving. To Portland. Yes, all your friends have moved up there and now Hood is making the move as well. He didn’t reveal too much behind the move, but in an interview with Paste Magazine, he opened up about what it means for the band, why he and his family chose Portland, and how the next move will reveal itself in time.