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When: Sat., June 20, 7 p.m. 2009

Each of the Drive-By Truckers’ three singer-songwriters—Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, and Jason Isbell, who left the group in 2007—could’ve fronted pretty much any band on his own. But to my mind Hood, the most charismatic of the lot, is first among equals. The son of Muscle Shoals bassist David Hood, he built on his bloodline and backstory to give the Truckers’ 2001 breakout album, Southern Rock Opera, much of its gravitas, and those roots also lent authority to the group’s work backing Bettye LaVette (for 2007’s The Scene of the Crime) and Booker T. Jones (for this year’s Potato Hole). There’s enough of Hood for at least two bands, and this one, the Screwtopians, is a collection of friends that includes longtime DBT producer David Barbe, Will Johnson and Scott Danbom of Centro-matic, and two Truckers, pedal-steel wrangler John Neff and drummer Brad Morgan. They’ll be playing songs from Hood’s second solo album, Murdering Oscar (and Other Love Songs), out June 23 on Ruth St. Records. It can’t properly be called new, since he finished most of it in 2005 and some of its songs date from as far back as 1994 (he’s been performing bits of it in acoustic sets for years), but this tour is your first chance to hear the richness of this material shown off to its best advantage by a full band. Johnson and Tom Schraeder & His Ego open. —Monica Kendrick

Price: $17.50

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