Rocktober: Get Out And Vote!

Patterson Hood - Drive-By Truckers

Is this election different than past elections, why or why not?

After eight years of Bush/Cheney running our economy and world leadership role into the ground a change is needed more than ever before. On a more personal note, this election marks the first time in my lifetime that I've ever been able to vote for my first choice candidate from the primaries in the November election. Usually the person I like is weeded out in the early primaries. I think Obama can go all the way and I think he would be a great President.

What is the relationship between music and politics - and how, if at all, has this relationship affected your music?

I think all aspects of life are affected by politics so therefore everything is somewhat political. To pretend otherwise is a dangerous slope and a big reason why we as a nation got into as much trouble as we have. I really try not to ever stand up there and preach my political beliefs to the audience, as that's not what they've come to the show for, but it does affect the writing and it's no secret how I (or the rest of the band) feel about things. I tend to write about more personal aspects of character's lives, but often the two are intermingled.

If you could speak directly to all American voters, what would you say?

Educate yourself. Read and study what's going on. If you get all of your information from one source, look around. I make it a point to read viewpoints from all over the political spectrum, Huffington AND Drudge, MSNBC AND Fox; I read The National Review and NY Times. I'll admit, I'm a little bit of a news junkie and have been most of my life. For the record, I'm not necessarily looking to vote for anyone with my exact political views for President. I think we need a somewhat moderate President who can at least try to unify some of the divisions. The Republican's like to attack Obama for his liberal views, but he's actually quite the moderate on most issues when you actually read what he says and what he does. McCain used to be one of the more moderate people in the Republican party but he has bowed down to the neo-cons to try to shore up their base and by nominating Sarah Palin as VP, who's basically Cheney with lipstick. Oh yeah, and get out there and vote.

The Drive-By Truckers perform tonight in Oxford, MS and kick-off a massive co-headlining tour with The Hold Steady on October 30. Complete tour dates available here.

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