Drive-By Truckers’ band Patterson Hood apologized for the nickname the band members had chosen when they met in Athens, Georgia in 1996.
“Our name was a drunken joke that was never supposed to be rotating and was expected to be two and a half decades later,” Hood wrote in a comment for NPR on Wednesday. “I sincerely apologize for the stupidity and negative stereotypes that it has spread. I’m not sure if a change is for a higher purpose now, but I’m definitely open to suggestions. In the meantime, feel free to call us Lady DBT. “
“Lady DBT” is a reference to the country and pop group that was formerly known as Lady Antebellum and announced last week that she would simply change her name to Lady A. The members of this group said they recognized the word antebellum, used to describe a time in the south that was heavily dependent on slavery was no longer appropriate. Lady A, however, had the problem that a blues artist was already using the name.
Hood said he actually “giggled” at the debacle, but that led him to realize the name of his own southern rock group.
“One question hit me right in the face: What kind of jerk would his band call Drive-By Truckers?” Hood asked.
Hood grew up in Muscle Shoals, Ala. In the 1960s and 1970s, the son of David Hood, a musician in the famous Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. He said the name of his band should pay tribute to the music that influenced him: punk rock, hip hop, classical country music.
He said he grew up with “a completely different view of our country’s racism history” than his white classmates. “It probably also allowed me to pat myself on the back and even think I was one of the good guys.”
He pointed to the exact moment when everything changed for him.
“In 2014, I was awakened by the successive murders of Eric Garner and Michael Brown and the ongoing anger at the murder of Trayvon Martin two years ago. When I remembered Edward Wright’s death, I was suddenly forced to deal with how little we as a people had made in the past two decades, ”said Hood. “Like so many white Americans, I drank the Kool-Aid after Obama’s election because I thought it somehow meant that we had entered a” post-racial “state of being. My way of finding out was to sit down and trying to write a song about it. “
The song he mentioned in 2016 was “What It Means,” which he described as “the white man’s reckoning with the American nightmare that so many of us had tried not to notice” by “black men and women, who were murdered on the street by people “authority.”
While Hood left the question of an official name change for his band in the air, he had clear opinions about whether both films Blown by the wind and Confederate statues still have a place in the world.
He said, “Good relief!” to the 1939 film and so long to the monuments.
“A large majority of them rose in the early days of the civil rights struggle to symbolize white superiority and romanticize past days when they were undisputed,” said Hood. “Tearing it down clearly says: These days are over. It’s overdue. “
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