Drive-By Truckers released a pair of albums — “The Big To-Do” and “Go-Go Boots” — during the past couple of years. But frontman Patterson Hood says the Athens, Ga., rock group was relatively OK with its former label, New West Records, also putting out a compilation called “Ugly Buildings, Whores, and Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009.”
“It wasn’t our idea to have a greatest hits, that’s for sure, but I don’t mind it,” says Hood, the son of bassist David Hood from the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. “I think it turned out OK. When I realized it was something that was going to happen whether I liked it or not, I made a couple of changes so it better reflected who we think we are, and they let me do it.
“I think it’s a good overview for someone that’s never really heard the band. I like all the songs that are on it. It won’t keep anybody from getting any of the other albums — at least I hope not.”
Hood says the group is getting ready to take a bit of a break after the band’s recent burst of material; he is nearly finished with his second solo album. But he’s not at all worried that time away will result in any kind of permanent split.
“I don’t feel like we’re in danger of that because I think we’re genuinely in a pretty good place as a band right now,” Hood says. “I think we’re needing some time off as a band, certainly — but not because we’re about to implode for once.
“I feel like we’ve got another couple of records in us, at least. I feel real good about the future of the band, and particularly if we’re able to successfully get a little bit of time off next year, I feel really good about it all. I think we’ll feel the burning desire to make another record before too long.”
Drive-By Truckers and Those Darlins perform Friday, Oct. 21, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 with a $64 four-pack. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.
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