Patterson Hood came out with a new album this month. Of the three he's done solo, this one - Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance - is the best.
Now, if you're expecting the type of music he puts out regularly for the Drive-By Truckers, you will be disappointed. This isn't your guitar-oriented, balls-out rock-n-roll. For example, he's got a dude playing a cello as you can see below.
He's created some damn fine lyrics as usual, but these are more confessional and introspective: darkness and light.
Popmatters has a good interview with Hood that ventures into matters of interpretation, the creative process, and politics.