Patterson Hood Weighs In on Confederate Flag Controversy


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photo by Andy Tensile
photo by Andy Tennille

Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers published an essay in The New York Times about the controversy currently surrounding the Confederate flag. Hood’s piece is thoughtful, relevant and is about as southern as a thing can get sans deep-fryer. You can read it here.

“It’s time to quit rallying around a flag that divides,” says Hood, “and it is time for the South to – dare I say it? – rise up and show our nation what a beautiful place our region is, and what more it could become.”

Drive-By Truckers are also currently putting the finishing touches on a five LP / three CD deluxe live album with producer David Barbe, recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. More information on that as it becomes available.

Hood is touring with Drive-By Truckers later this year. You’re welcome to join him, but please, just leave that flag at home.


8/15 – Edwards, CO – EDFEST at Freedom Park

8/16 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre*

8/18 – Dallas, TX – Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie*

8/20 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*

8/22 – Orange Beach, AL – Amphitheater at the Wharf*

9/11 – Urbana, IL – Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Guitar Festival

9/12 – Bloomington, IN – Bluebird Nightclub

9/13 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival

9/15 – Greensboro, NC – The Cone Denim Center

9/17 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts*

9/18 – Washington DC – Merriweather Post Pavilion*

9/19 – New York, NY – Forest Hills Stadium*

10/9 – Augusta, GA – Jessye Norman Amphitheater

10/10 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live Theatre

10/11 – Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre

10/13 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

10/15 – Austin, TX – The Scoot Inn

10/16 – New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall

10/17 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater

10/20 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room

10/21 – Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre

10/22 – Hattiesburg, MS – Brewsky’s

10/23 – Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre

10/24 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

* with Alabama Shakes


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