DBTs’ Hood Launches New Protect Athens Project

Among the musicians of
the Downtown 13: members of Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic, plus REM’s
Mike Mills


By Blurt Staff


 “After it’s Gone”, a new single just released by Patterson
Hood and the Downtown 13, was inspired by the threat of a Walmart in the heart
of the downtown Athens, GA, that nurtured the musicians. Hood,
singer, writer and guitarist for the band Drive-By Truckers assembled The
Downtown 13, a musical collective made up of some of Athens’
finest musicians to celebrate Athens, GA’s beauty and vibrant musical heritage and to protest a
developer’s proposed building of a massive mixed use development in downtown Athens, anchored by a
94,000 sq. foot Walmart.


The small and eclectic university town of Athens is a hotbed for national musical acts
and many of these local luminaries, including R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Widespread
Panic’s John Bell and Todd Nance came together on the new track to express
their opposition to a proposed development by Atlanta-based Selig Enterprises.
The back wall of the anchor tenant, Walmart, would be within stone’s throw of
Hood’s home and it would tower over the greenway trail along the Oconee River–
it is the very embodiment of inappropriate development.


 “This Atlanta
developer wants to clog our cultural heart and build a bunker the size of three
city blocks next to the vibrant downtown scene,” says Hood. “They hit The Easy
Button:  a big box store in our downtown district is clearly misguided and
a somewhat ridiculous notion. Downtown Athens is
a dynamic network of local businesses–Athens
already has a meaningful brand and we are extremely protective of it.”


Taking a very vocal turn away from the proposed
lifestyle-shopping center currently under contract, Hood is the most recent
performer to take the role of front man as an Athens community that has long
spoken to national and international audiences.


“We have a vibrant downtown with plans for the future that
involve planned development along the river and hopefully a high speed rail to Atlanta,” says Hood. “We
don’t need a big box retailer, the very definition of the past, to once again
bring us back through that dark episode of closed down storefronts and empty parking lots. Protect Downtown Athens– that’s
what this is all about.”


You can download the song, view the video and read more
about Protect Downtown Athens at the website: www.protectdowntownathens.com






“After It’s Gone”, performed
by Patterson Hood and the Downtown 13, features members of Drive-By Truckers, Widespread
Panic, R.E.M., Futurebirds, Hope For Agoldensummer, Lera Lynn, Justified True
Belief and The Quick Hooks:


Patterson Hood – Lead Vocals,

Mike Mills – Harmonies and

John Bell – Lead Vocals

John Neff – Pedal Steel

David Barbe – Bass

Jay Gonzalez – Wurlitzer
Electric Piano

Brad Morgan – Drums

Todd Nance – Percussion

Claire Campbell – Banjo and

Lera Lynn – Harmonies

Brannen Miles, Carter King
and Payton Bradford – Backing Vocals

Henry Barbe – Electric Guitar


Basic track recorded live on
stage at Fabulous 40 Watt Club in Athens,
GA. The video was produced and directed by Jason Thrasher. Edited by Eddie Whalen.






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