COLUMBIA — The Drive-By Truckers were packing their microphones, amps and guitars into their tour bus following a Tuesday night performance at The Blue Note. Then, said Pat Kay, box office manager for the venue, a suspicious man walking south on Ninth Street approached.
The man grabbed band member Patterson Hood's custom Baxendale acoustic guitar, walked past the marquee and hopped into a champagne SUV parked in front of Coffee Zone, Kay said. The vehicle drove away.
Hood was distraught. "It was custom made for me and was my most cherished material possession," Hood, who founded the southern rock band in 1995, posted on Facebook.
Six hundred four people shared the post.
"Sorry Patterson! Spreading the news," Joel David Godbey wrote.
"That's like your best guy friend stealing your girlfriend.....the worst..." Mark Clark added.
Less than 24 hours later, the band received an anonymous email.
“They reached out and said they knew who had it and would help get it back,” said Traci Thomas, the band's publicist.
Thomas would not reveal who stole the guitar, but said the guitar would be returned to Hood by the end of the week. She did not specify how.
Blue Note security cameras caught images of the individual before the theft, and the footage was sent to the Columbia Police Department, Kay said.
The band last addressed its fans on Facebook around 10 a.m. Thursday:
"The guitar is not in hand yet, but hopefully will be soon. Want to thank each and every one of y'all for getting the word out..."