Last fall, Drive-By Truckers released “American Band,” a set of pre-President Trump anthems, many of which deal with gun violence. “I’ve started tongue-in-cheek referring to us as the dance band for the resistance,” says frontman Patterson Hood. Before they play D.C. (9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Fri., 8 p.m., $35; Sat., 8 p.m., sold out), we asked Hood to share the first three songs that popped into his head.
‘Ballad of the Dying Man’
Father John Misty
Hood has been digesting Father John Misty’s “Pure Comedy,” and so far, this commentary on social media has stood out. “I applaud [any] artist that’s willing to be ridiculous sometimes,” he says.
Hiss Golden Messenger
“There’s a line at the end that conjures to me the phone conversation home when you’ve been on the road a long time and everything at home is kinda broken and going to s—: ‘I can fix this babe/ I can fix this babe,’ ” he says of this song by the band that will open both D.C. shows.
‘Where Do We Go’
“That was my favorite record of last year,” Hood says of Solange’s “A Seat at the Table.” He’s actually disappointed that he’ll miss her play Portland, Ore., where he lives, while he’s in D.C. “I’d probably pay scalper prices to see her.”