Music Scene

Drive-By Truckers

When 8-year-old Patterson Hood began rummaging through his father’s record collection and writing his own music based on what he heard, he quite unknowingly set off on a journey.

David Hood, Patterson’s father, was a bass player, producer (The Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Cher) and founder of the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama.

For the younger Patterson, his father’s job meant that he was put in the middle of several envious childhood experiences. Of course, Patterson was unaware of the magnitude of such a thing then; he just liked what he heard and began writing his own songs as a result.

Once in his teens, he started a punk band, and then another, and another one after that. Then in 1996, Hood and longtime friend Mike Cooley found themselves in their 30s and without much to show for their decades of musical dedication.

The two set out to make amends with their Alabama past and embrace their country roots, but not without a stipulation of their own before the metaphorical handshake: The grittiness would have to stay.

After nine studio albums, two live albums, two special releases and 16 years of trudging around the country, the Drive-By Truckers remains one of the most respected and emulated alt/country bands around today.

The Drive-By Truckers will perform Saturday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St. Tickets are $20 in advance, $23 the day of the show and are available online at or at the Music Farm box office. Doors open at 8 p.m. Go to or call 577-6989.

In 1991, the once sleepy arts and music community of Seattle was at the forefront of a cultural revolution of global proportions. Grunge had taken hold of popular culture.

Leading the music of the grunge era were bands such as Mudhoney, The Melvins and Nirvana. Their punk and indie-inspired music and apathetic fashion sense became idols to bored and angry teens around the world. All bands that slightly resembled the look and sound of these developing icons were instantly categorized as “grunge.”

Entangled in the characterization were bands such as Pearl Jam, Collective Soul and a lesser-known group of four friends, Candlebox.

By 1995, Candlebox’s self-titled debut, propelled by the singles “Change,” “You” and “Far Behind,” had sold 4 million copies, and its sophomore effort, “Lucy,” sat at No. 11 on the Billboard Top 200. The band’s quick success and Seattle origins drew a backlash of criticism from diehard grunge fans, however, leaving the band in a haze of controversy.

After releasing “Happy Pills” in 1998, Candlebox called it quits and backed away from the spotlight.

It wasn’t too long, however, before the itch to play again eventually prevailed, and original members Peter Klett, Kevin Martin, Bardi Martin and Scott Mercado reunited in 2006. Martin has since left the group.

Candlebox’s 2008 release, “Into the Sun,” topped out at No. 32 on the Billboard Top 200, and its latest effort, “Love Stories and Other Musings,” was released earlier this month.

Candlebox will perform Tuesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with IAmDynamite and Acidic. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 the day of the show and are available at or the Music Farm box office. Doors open at 8 p.m. Go to or call 577-6989.

It’s a throwback; a wafting ghost from an elegant past even. But, of course, that has been said in one way or another about the nostalgic, Montana-based duo Tumbledown House.

The idea of being modern by being retro is not new. We learn from the past; we make sense of it, take the bits we like and leave the rest behind. The difficult part is in knowing which parts to take and which parts to leave.

Tumbledown House seems to understand that dilemma and treads lightly through music history. The duo pairs cabaret-jazz with that certain image of steamy sultriness from a 1920s speakeasy, thanks in large part to vocalist Gillian Howe.

Tumbledown House will perform Tuesday at The Windjammer, 1008 Ocean Blvd., with The Will Lewis Band. Tickets are $7 at the door. Doors open at 9 p.m. Go to or call 886-8596.