2012 solo release from the Drive-By Truckers mainman. The songs which comprise Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance were originally conceived as part of a novel written on the road while touring with Hood's band Drive-By Truckers. While the book eventually fell by the wayside, the songs kept coming. Featuring 12 new compositions from one of America's most talented songwriters and storytellers, the album is co-produced by Hood and longtime collaborator David Barbe. The album features appearances from guest vocalist Kelly Hogan, members or Drive-By Truckers, Centro-matic, and Patterson's father, the legendary Muscle Shoals bass player David Hood.