Patterson Hood doesn’t get to perform live with his father, legendary studio bassist David Hood, often so his excitement about several upcoming shows is understandable.
David Hood will play bass with his son, co-founder of the rock band Drive-By Truckers, for a couple of shows that will feature tracks from a Patterson Hood solo album set for release in September.
The first show is Friday at Crossroads Cafe in Huntsville. On Saturday, the band will be appearing at the Double Decker festival in Oxford, Miss. The Florence-based Americana group Doc Dailey and Magnolia Devil will open the show.
“It’s the first time we’ve really ever done anything like this,” Patterson Hood said during a telephone interview. “This will be a test run.”
Patterson Hood and the Mystic Rumblers features the two Hoods, fellow Truckers Brad Morgan on drums and Jay Gonzales on keyboards, and cellist Jacob Morris, of Athens, Ga.
Hood said the “mystic” portion of the band name pays tribute to “The Mystics” and “The Mystic Soul Bubbas,” two bands that featured David Hood on bass.
The shows will be heavy on Patterson Hood’s solo material, especially tracks from the upcoming album, “Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance,” and more obscure Drive-By Truckers tracks.
“It’s a quieter show, certainly compared to the Truckers it’s a quieter show,” Hood said. “It’s not acoustic, just not heavy on the riffage and guitar solos. It’s very song oriented.”
Hood debuted five tracks from the new album during a sold out solo acoustic show in November at the Zodiac Theatre in Florence.
Hood said he’s excited about the change of pace.
His father, however, is busily learning his bass lines.
“He’s got 25 songs for me to learn, and I’ve made chord charts for about half of them,” David Hood said. “Some of these songs I played on when we recorded them, but you do that one time and that’s it.”
David Hood said he would join his son and the rest of the band Friday at the venue before the show and do a quick rehearsal.
“He’s (Patterson) not one for rehearsing much,” David Hood said. “I’m the anal retentive one who wants to dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t.’ I’m going to follow along the best I can. He will carry us. Nobody will be paying attention to me.”
David Hood said his wife, Judy, is more emotional than Patterson and he about performing together.
David Hood also said it’s a lot like working with another musician, which is meant as an honor to his son.
“It is a wonderful thing to play together,” David Hood said.
Patterson Hood said his dad sat in with the Drive-By Truckers a few times in the past couple of years.
David Hood played with the Truckers in July 2009 when the band played two shows at the Shoals Theatre in Florence and again during the Trucker’s headlining set during the 2011 W.C. Handy Music Festival. David Hood also sat in with the band during a Drive-By Truckers show at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom in June 2010.
“That’s been a real treat,” Patterson Hood said. “I hope to take him to San Francisco this fall for some shows I have out there.”
With the Drive-By Truckers taking time off from touring, except for a few one-off shows this summer and fall, Patterson Hood said he will be concentrating on writing and performing with the solo band.
“I’ll be busy,” Patterson Hood said. “There’s no shortage of things to do. I need a break and DBT needs a break.”
Russ Corey can be reached at 256-740-5738 or russ.corey@TimesDaily.com.