Patterson Hood’s 5 Must See Acts at ACL 2012


To help prep you for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, we asked some of our favorite bands on the lineup to list the top five acts they are most excited to see play at the fest and give us a little info on that band. This edition is from Patterson Hood.

Drive-by Truckers frontman Patterson Hood released Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance just a few weeks ago. It’s a fantastic collection of autobiographical stories that veer away from the more gritty, often guitar driven, Southern Gothic tales that Drive-by Truckers have become so well known for.

Fans on have responded resoundingly to the album, driving a massive spike in Patterson’s Listening Trend chart around the release date.

While Patterson’s solo page has 239,000 Scrobbles, it’s worth noting, his day job, Drive-by Truckers, have around 5 million.

Now, here are Patterson Hood’s Five (+1) Must See Acts at Austin City Limits (of course, Patterson being Patterson, he gave us an encore, and submitted 6):

 1. Father John Misty

I’ve been a little obsessed with this album and can’t wait to see him live. “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” is the feel good hit of the summer. -PH

2. The War on Drugs

I still haven’t gotten to see this band yet and I’m still listening to “Slave Ambient” (and their other albums) non-stop. -PH

3. Michael Kiwanuka

My favorite album to come out of Muswell England since Muswell Hillbillies. Can’t wait to see him live. -PH

4. Afghan Whigs

“Gentleman” was one of my favorite albums of the 90’s and I never got to see them live in the day. Can’t wait to see them now. -PH

5. Alabama Shakes

The best new band in America. Last year I saw them playing a record store in my hometown of Florence AL for 25 people. I suspect there will be a few more for their ACL set this year. -PH

6. Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Can’t not include Neil Young and Crazy Horse because it’s fucking Neil Young and fucking Crazy Horse. -PH

Patterson Hood will perform Friday, October 12 at the BMI Stage at 6:30 PM and then will appear at the Waterloo Autograph tent at 7:45 PM.