The Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood and Jay Gonzalez perform an acoustic version of “Thought and Prayers,” at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia on Dec. 9, 2019. The track is from the band’s latest album. The Unraveling, released Jan. 31 on ATO Records.
The band recorded The Unraveling in Memphis and Patterson Hood has just posted his take on what the sessions meant to him: “We convened for a week in Memphis, Tennessee at the historic and wonderful Sam Phillips Recording Service. We tracked, mostly live in the studio, aided by long-time producer David Barbe and famed engineer Matt Ross-Spang. Initially recording 18 songs in 85 hours of near around the clock sessions, the band essentially spent the whole week in an artistic marathon, housing ourselves at the Memphis Music Mansion (AirBnB), surrounded by historic photos and a mid-century vibe that seemed to even seep into our dreams each night. (My bedroom was, fittingly, The Big Star Room, named after the seminal Memphis power pop band that I have always held as an all-time favorite).
“Recording in Memphis has been a life-long dream for this band. Both the city, with its dark social history and amazing musical heritage, and the studio which is a time machine set to its early 1960’s origins and inhabited by the spirit of its genus founder, affected and inspired the creation of this album in ways that go far beyond the tangible and technical.”
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