Once upon a time, my dream was to play in a Rock and Roll Band.

Not just any Rock and Roll Band, but a very specific one. An idealized version of my teenage rock fantasy with air guitars replaced by well-worn battle axes and a devoted following that treated us like we were the greatest band on earth. It’s the kind of lofty ideal that set the hearts all ablaze in millions of little boys my age back in the era when dinosaurs did, indeed roam the Earth.

Mike Cooley and I formed Drive-By Truckers in 1996 and we’ve spent the past quarter century playing over 2,500 shows in three continents. We’ve released over a dozen albums and get to play shows in some of the most amazing theaters and clubs on the planet. Then, every year in February, we come home to Athens Georgia and play three nights at the fabulous 40 Watt Club. It’s our HeAthen’s Homecoming and part of it ties in with a fundraiser for Nuçi’s Space. We have fans and friends who travel from all over to hang out for a few days in the coolest small town in the world.

– Patterson Hood

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