Monday, February 8, 2016 Leave a Comment
Thank You to the Drive-By Truckers.
The ties between Athens musicians run deep.
Back in the summer five eight had been working on our new album, “Songs for St Jude”.
On two particular songs I had written lyrics to Sean’s music for a song he wanted to call “The flood” and “Song for Jim Gordon”.
For “The flood” I immediately thought of all the people displaced by Katrina.
I had read somewhere about the children who had lost everything and how strange their interviews were. They had a naïve, micro version of the events.
Children have a way to humanize the enormity of such a disaster, into something that could really haunt you personally.
I tried to capture that.
We also been working with Jack Logan and it was really fun for me to write with someone; and for a band that has been playing together for as long as we have it’s frankly nice to mix it up and stretch out with a completely new vision and voice.
I started thinking more about writing for someone.
I felt “The Flood” would be the perfect song to have a guest singer because really most of my songs are from a first person point of view; a lot of the time that view is mine. I would need a song where the character in this song is more unfamiliar and in this one with a “southern accent” to quote Tom Petty
We were lucky to have such an encouraging presence in Patterson Hood and a voice instantly recognizable. I ran into Patterson at the Will Johnson’s living room show hosted by Sean Dunn. Will’s performance was transformative and I am looking forward to sharing the stage with him on Saturday night as well.
I had been missing The Truckers for years and finally got to see them with the new line up last year at their sold out homecoming show at the forty watt and was blown away by the power of the band and the obvious joy they had playing together and that voice.
Then I ran into Patterson again at a local benefit for Nuci Space: five eight played a Vic Chesnutt song and Patterson just couldn’t have been more intense with his praise for our version. He made me feel like we could still make an impact: humbling and affirming. I wondered to him directly if he would be willing to sing on two songs on our new album, yet figured it will never happen with him having moved out to the Pacific Northwest.
Somehow despite the intense pressures he found a way and showed up at The Espresso Machine the local recording studio run by Mike Albanese who is engineering, co-producing, and mixing the new five eight record (as I write this we have a “first” mix for every song on the new album)
In a few hours Patterson knocked out the vocals for the flood and Song for Jim Gordon (More on that one later…)
And the takes just blew me away We still have “The Flood” up on bandcamp for those of you who want to listen.
When we play on Saturday you could be thinking of Patterson’s voice on both of those songs it might help you take them home with you.
Thank You Patterson
Thank You Drive-By Truckers
Thank You Athens, GA