Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley (a.k.a. the “Dimmer Twins”) formed the Drive-By Truckers in Athens, Georgia in 1996, though their musical collaboration began in the 80s with the band Adam’s House Cat. The name Dimmer Twins is a nod to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who are sometimes known as the “Glimmer Twins.” This stripped-down duo setting features original solo and duo material penned by both Hood and Cooley, and also some Drive-By Truckers songs that they’ve written. Though the full band played SMF 2016, this is the debut of the Dimmer Twins.
T. Hardy Morris is an Athens, Georgia-based guitarist and singer whose songwriting propelled the roots rock band Dead Confederate. He was also a member of the side project Diamond Rugs along with members of Deer Tick, Los Lobos and the Black Lips, and has since been actively writing, recording and touring as a solo artist. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that “Morris is authentically and undoubtedly a carefree rock and roller.” This is T. Hardy Morris’ SMF debut.