Patterson Hood: “Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs)”
If Patterson Hood’s new solo album, Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs), begs the usual question—that of why an active member of a celebrated and successful rock band would bother releasing an album all on his own—the answer that it provides is something far more complicated and involved, doubtless a natural byproduct of just how special the Drive-by Truckers really are. The “solo album” often indicates that the artist wishes to do something he isn’t quite able to get away with in his day job, but that’s decidedly not the case with Murdering Oscar; individually, any one song here could fit just fine on a Truckers album, both musically and lyrically. And given their relentlessly busy schedule of touring, recording, and session work—they backed Booker T. Jones on his own album released earlier this year, and they’ve got another disc of their own on the way—it’s unlikely that Hood thinks the Truckers are running out of gas.
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