Read Patterson Hood’s Gripping Essay on ‘The New(er) South’

My beloved punk rock showed me a way to blend both things and rebel against the more oppressive forces of my hometown’s religious conservative mores. Unfortunately, my coming of age coincided with the Muscle Shoals R&B scene ending, or at least losing its worldwide relevance. I got to the door just as it was slamming shut, and my punk rock leanings did nothing to endear me to my father’s peers and associates, most of whom thought I was a spoiled, ungrateful, disrespectful prick.

—From “The New(er) South,” an essay penned by Drive-By Truckers’ frontman Patterson Hood for new webzine The Bitter Southerner. The Truckers play this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 & 24, at the Georgia Theatre.


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