The Rumblers are the latest side project from Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood, prompted by his newly released third solo album, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. Hood's songs are essentially short stories in the Southern Gothic tradition: ghosts and Spanish moss entangling damaged characters often mired in bad luck and worse decisions. Heat Lightning's tales actually are the bones of an unfinished novel Hood attempted to write about his turbulent late 20s, punctuated by divorce, self-destructive friends, and strained family ties. Essentially it's about a personal renaissance. After all, he says, "You can only carry hell around for so long before it gets to be a drag." The writing is as vivid as Hood's DBT stuff. The music is more reflective and reserved than DBT's flaming Southern rock, but with its underlying roots exposed. The Rumblers consist of DBT's keyboardist Jay Gonzalez and drummer Brad Morgan, plus cellist Jacob Morris. Highly regarded Athens southern roots trio Hope for Agoldensummer (yes, one word) will open. (Photo by Andy Tennille) 18+, $20, 8 p.m. 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.338.8100.
Mon., Sept. 24, 7 p.m., 2012