Patterson Hood’s Downtown 13 Fights Proposed Athens Walmart

At this late date, you shouldn’t need anyone to explain why the arrival of a Wal-Mart in your town is pretty bad news for the well-being of said town. And as Billboard reports, a group of musicians in Athens, Georgia is doing whatever it can to stop the construction of a massive local development anchored by a Wal-Mart. The Downtown 13 collective is led by Patterson Hood, frontman of the Southern-rock-revivalist institution Drive-By Truckers, and it also includes members of R.E.M., Widespread Panic, the Futurebirds, and plenty of others. In their efforts, they’ve written and recorded a song called “After It’s Gone” about the slow death of local culture. Watch the video for the track below.

To download the song and learn more about the cause, head over here.