Patterson Hood on Halloween (Sure we just ran this image two days but we’ll take opportunity to do so again) – photo by Jeffrey Dupuis

The Drive-By Truckers are wrapping up their Righteous Path Tour will just a few dates remaining in 2009. Meanwhile, the group’s Patterson Hood, hints at what is to come, in explaining, “As we are winding down The Righteous Path Tour of shows and starting to gear up for next years’ new releases and tours, we are all very excited about what we did this year in the studio and out on the road and really fired up about going out and playing these new songs next year.” As for next year, Hood writes, “We are about to announce our annual Athens GA / 40 Watt Homecoming Shows and annual Nuci’s Space Benefit. I’ll go ahead and spill a few of the beans to Y’all now: The weekend will be Jan. 14th – 16th. We will be announcing when ticket sales begin in the next week or so as well as details like support and other related events.This past year, all three nights sold out and we raised a ton of money for Nuci’s.We’re going to have to dig deep to top it but I feel confident we will.”

Meanwhile, starting tonight, Hood will begin a Wednesday night residency at The Caledonia Lounge here in Athens. This evening, “It is me and Jay Gonzalez playing a stripped down set of piano, organ and Wurlitzer, guitar and two-part harmony.” On Wednesday the 11th he’ll be “hitting the more country influenced songs in my catalog accompanied by John Neff and Brad Morgan.” Then the 18th, will focus on material from his Murdering Oscar (And Other Love Songs) where he notes, “I’ll be playing with The Belvederes (John Neff, David Barbe, Jay Gonzalez and Brad Morgan) we’ll be reprising some of the fine times I had this summer doing the Screwtopian Tour.”

Drive-By Truckers Dates

November 8 Toronto, ONT Jack Daniel’s Studio No.7
November 15 Charleston, WV Clay Center
December 3 Charleston, SC Jack Daniel’s Studio No.7