Patterson Hood, frontman of the Drive-By Truckers, and Mike Mills, longtime bassist for the recently deflated R.E.M., have gotten together to record a protest song. This one, however, doesn’t have anything to do with Occupy Wall Street. It’s actually in regards to the proposed building of a multipurpose complex featuring a 94,000 square foot Wal-Mart in the heart of downtown Athens, Ga.
Hood, an Athens resident, has assembled a group of musicians from the state called the Downtown 13. In a press release he said, “This Atlanta developer wants to clog our cultural heart and build a bunker the size of three city blocks next to the vibrant downtown scene.” The song, called “After It’s Gone” and recorded live on stage at Athens’ 40 Watt Club, features Mills on piano and members of Widespread Panic. Read more about opposition to the development at Project Downtown Athens, and watch the nicely shot video for “Gone” below.