In a little more than a month the gates to the sand and sonic utopia known as Hangout Fest (May 15-17) will swing wide open and welcome thousands of music enthusiasts to the Alabama Gulf Coast. While national acts are a big draw, ticket-holders are also looking forward to catching some of their favorite regional bands.
Even though they are based in Athens, Georgia, North Alabama still lays claim to the Drive-By Truckers. This band has been pioneering their modern southern rock sound since the late ‘90s. Over the past two decades, Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have maintained this band’s cult following with a sound that is steeped in rock ‘n’ roll attitude and Southern hospitality.
In 2014, Drive-By Truckers gave their fans “English Oceans,” their 10th studio album. Cooley and Hood shared songwriter duties and created 13 songs that serve as testimonies for the modern South.
The formula proved to be beneficial as the album broke in to the Top 10 on several charts in the U.S. and the U.K. When they take the stage at Hangout, the crowd should expect them to sample from their entire discography.
Tickets for the festival and the Thursday night pre-party are on sale now at the Hangout Fest website, and VIP and travel packages are still available. While the pre-party is a separate ticketed event, it is included with VIP passes.