David Hood

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David Hood
Hood (far left) on stage with Traffic in 1973
Hood (far left) on stage with Traffic in 1973
Background information
Born (1943-09-21) September 21, 1943 (age 78)
Sheffield, Alabama U.S.
Occupation(s)Session musician
InstrumentsBass guitar
Associated actsMuscle Shoals Rhythm Section

David Hood (born September 21, 1943) is a bassist from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He also plays the trombone. He is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Early life and education[edit]

Hood was born in Sheffield, Alabama and attended the University of North Alabama.


Hood started his career playing with the Mystics and as a backup musician at FAME Studios. He went on to co-found Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, where he produced songs for Willie Nelson, Cher and others. He played bass on albums by Boz Scaggs, Joe Cocker, Albert King, Aretha Franklin, Cat Stevens, Peabo Bryson, Wendy Waldman, Julian Lennon, Paul Simon, Lulu, Shirley Brown, Glenn Frey, Patti Austin, Joan Baez, Tony Joe White, Linda Ronstadt, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart, Solomon Burke, J. J. Cale, Art Garfunkel, Bob Seger, Shelby Lynne, Bugs Bunny, Leon Russell, William Bell, Traffic, the Staple Singers, Frank Black, Odetta, John Hiatt, Etta James, John Altenburgh, Johnny & The MoTones and Percy Sledge. Hood appeared in 2009 on Klaus Voormann's solo album A Sideman's Journey.[1] He participated in the Waterboys album, Modern Blues, recorded mainly in Nashville, and is currently on tour with them.

Personal life[edit]

Hood is married to Judy Sockwell Hood.

Hood's son, Patterson Hood, is the frontman and one of two (formerly three) songwriters for Drive-By Truckers.

His daughter, Lilla, is a graphic designer.


With Traffic

With Julian Lennon

With Solomon Burke

  • Proud Mary (Ola, 1969)

With Dee Dee Bridgewater

With Shelby Lynne

With José Feliciano

  • Sweet Soul Music (Private Stock Records, 1976)

With Art Garfunkel

With Wendy Waldman

  • Gypsy Symphony (Warner Bros. Records, 1974)

With J. J. Cale

With Shirley Brown

  • Joy & Pain (Malaco Records, 1993)
  • Unleashed (Malaco Records, 2009)

With Kim Carnes

With Odetta

With Bonnie Bramlett

  • Lady's Choice (Capricorn Records, 1976)
  • Beautiful (Rockin' Camel, 2008)

With Dan Penn

  • Nobody's Fool (Bell Records, 1973)
  • Do Right Man (Sire Records, 1994)
  • Something About the Night (Dandy Records, 2016)

With Frank Black

With Boz Scaggs

With Johnny Rivers

  • The Road (Atlantic Records, 1974)
  • Borrowed Time (RSO Records, 1980)

With Steve Cropper

  • Night After Night (MCA Records, 1982)
  • Dedicated – A Salute to the 5 Royales (429 Records, 2011)

With Mary MacGregor

With Delbert McClinton

  • Second Wind (Capricorn Records, 1978)
  • The Jealous Kind (Capitol Records, 1980)
  • Plain from the Heart (Capitol Records, 1981)

With Levon Helm

With Mavis Staples

With Cat Stevens

With Frank Black and Reid Paley

With Jimmy Buffett

With Beth Nielsen Chapman

  • Hearing It First (Capitol Records, 1980)

With A. J. Croce

  • Just Like Medicine (Compass Records, 2017)

With Etta James

With Albert King

With Paul Simon

With Aretha Franklin

With Gail Davies

  • The Game (Warner Bros. Records, 1980)

With Eddie Rabbitt

With Candi Staton

  • Candi (Warner Bros. Records, 1974)
  • Life Happens (Beracah Records, 2014)

With Lulu

With Bob Seger

With Rod Stewart

With Glenn Frey

With Ronnie Hawkins

  • Ronnie Hawkins (Cotillion Records, 1970)

With Linda Ronstadt

With Joan Baez

With Paul Anka

  • Feelings (United Artists Records, 1975)

With John P. Hammond

  • Southern Fried (Atlantic Records, 1971)

With Wilson Pickett

  • Hey Jude (Atlantic Records, 1969)
  • Right On (Atlantic Records, 1970)
  • Don't Knock My Love (Atlantic Records, 1971)

With Lindi Ortega

With Sheryl Crow

  • Threads (Big Machine Records, 2019)

With William Bell

  • Wow... (Stax Records, 1971)
  • Phases of Reality (Stax Records, 1972)

With Patti Austin

  • Body Language (CTI Records, 1980)
  • In My Life (CTI Records, 1983)

With Tony Joe White

With Cher

With Joe Cocker

With Laura Nyro

With Helen Reddy

With Peabo Bryson

  • Peabo (Bullet Records, 1976)

With Billy Ray Cyrus

  • The SnakeDoctor Circus (BBR, 2019)

With Leon Russell

With Toulouse

  • Toulouse (Magique, 1976)


  1. ^ "Klaus Voormann, A Sideman's Journey". AllMusic. Retrieved October 20, 2015.

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