Patterson and Cooley did an interview with CNN before last week’s show at The Troubador:
CNN: You sing about a particular kind of rural, southern lifestyle — but the stories are not unique to any part of the country.
Patterson Hood: The main themes in most of our songs are pretty universal. It’s generally somebody attempting to do the right thing for the people he loves, and maybe not doing a very good job at it. Sometimes it’s hard to know what the right thing is until after you’ve done something — in some cases — not too right.
CNN: There was a point in your early career where you didn’t necessarily have a place to lay your heads at night.
Hood: We definitely took the band-paying dues to the extreme, I think. We spent a lot of years on the road, and for a lot of those earlier years, we were pretty much sleeping on people’s floors.
Mike Cooley: We were in our 30’s when we were doing this. You’re supposed to be over that by then.
Hood: We might have hit it all with a little more focus because of being a little older out there.