Patterson Hood teamed up with friend Kelly Hogan for “Come Back Little Star,” the lead single from the Drive-By Truckers frontman’s solo album Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance.
“She began the lyrics as a song for our late, dear friend Vic Chesnutt, and I rewrote it with the intention of her recording it for her album,” Hood tells Rolling Stone. “She ended up letting me put it on my album and it’s a highlight to me.”
Hood says he was thrilled to work with Hogan. “I’ve only done a little bit of co-writing, but I was crazy about our collaboration as I felt it took both of us places we hadn’t gone. We recorded this one with Jay [Gonzalez] on grand piano and my dad on bass. [John] Neff’s pedal steel does a call-and-response with our strings [Jacob Morris on cello and Scott Danbom on fiddle]. Hogan’s gorgeous harmony took it all to the next level. It may be my favorite song I’ve ever recorded.”
Hood is playing solo shows this summer, including dates with the Drive-By Truckers, and he will join Craig Finn and Will Johnson for a European tour in November. Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance hits stores on September 11th.