The Drive-By Truckers are set to bring their exceptional new album, American Band, to Tampa Theatre on November 16, but they brought a little bit of St. Petersburg to their Tiny Desk Concert for NPR today thanks to bassist Matt Patton who can be seen sporting a Daddy Kool Records t-shirt for the performance.
UPDATE: Matt Patton has spoken. He sent this statement via publicity this morning:
"Yeah I bought an armload of records there the last time we played St Pete which was within the last year I believe. I returned to the bus with my bounty and realized I had forgotten to purchase a t shirt as is my custom upon first visiting a record or music store. After soundcheck Patterson and Jay decided to make a trip over there. I followed them over there just to get a shirt and ended up being given one by the two kind gentlemen behind the counter. Anyone on the tour can tell you I wear a different independent record store t shirt at least every other day. The Daddy Kool shirt is real soft and gets a lot of wear out there.”
"It is definitely a thrill anytime an artist is wearing your store's shirt on stage - so this is very exciting," Manny Kool, manager of the St. Pete record shop, told CL. "To see Drive By Truckers performing, and to see our shirt was an adrenaline shot."
Kool, 47, says he's a big fan of All Songs Considered and that the the Truckers' album is selling very well at his shop. The only thing is no one knows where Patton — who joined the band in 2012 — got a hold of the shirt. Kool even asked his friend James Fahy who works at Seasick Records in Birmingham, Alabama where Patton is from.
"I asked if he had anything to do with it, [but] James did not have a hand in this," Kool said. "I know they have played Tampa, so I can't imagine them making the trip over while on tour, but maybe he paid us a visit while on vacation - or maybe he is an excellent thrift store hunter. I have no clue, but if the mystery is revealed i will let you know."