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    Drivin’ N’ Cryin’: Rockers aren’t ready to rest on 33-year career

    When it performs Saturday at The Spinning Jenny in Greer, the veteran Atlanta quartet Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ will be more than happy to play the hits.

    You’ll hear the towering riff of “Fly Me Courageous,” the chugging rock-radio hit “Build A Fire,” and the immortal neo-country ballad “Straight To Hell,” along with all the other staples from the band’s 33-year career.

    But bassist Tim Nielsen, who forms the nucleus of Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ alongside singer-songwriter-guitarist Kevn Kinney, is quick to add that the band isn’t a nostalgia act and, if he has anything to say about it, it never will be.

    “It’s about keeping the story interesting,” Nielsen says. “It’s about keeping our fanbase engaged and having a reason to go on the road. It’s not just ‘we’re going on the road to play the hits.’ We’re going to play the hits, but the goal is to be promoting something.”

    In this case, the band is promoting a new, limited-edition 45 rpm single containing a rerecording of its pile-driving rocker “Powerhouse” with “Livin’ By The Book’” on the B-side. But that’s just one of many projects the band has in the pipeline.

    Members are finishing up a new collaborative album with Aaron Lee Tasjan, a fast-rising alt-country artist who was once Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s lead guitarist. The band recently reissued its cult-classic 1989 album “Mystery Road,” which is where “Straight To Hell” first appeared. There’s even a tentative plan to release Kinney’s 1990 solo album “MacDougal Blues” on vinyl for the first time. Perhaps most notably, after decades of being a band too country for rock radio and too rock for country radio, the band’s friend, Darius Rucker, took “Straight To Hell” into the mainstream country Top 40 (with some help from Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan on vocals) when he released it as a single from his 2017 album “When Was the Last Time.”

    “It took a lot of cojones for Darius to be a black mainstream country singer in the South singing a song called ‘Straight To Hell’ and expecting it to get played on country radio,” Nielsen says with a laugh. “It was crazy for him to try to pull that off. But it’s going to help new people discover all of our other music, which is the bottom line.”

    The flurry of activity is part of a five-year plan of releases and other projects that Nielsen and Kinney have undertaken since deciding to manage the band themselves, a move Nielsen says is one of the best decisions they’ve ever made.

    “We make our career decisions together, and we’ve experienced a lot of great success over the past couple of years, both musically and as a business,” he says. “I think it’s partially because we’ve cut out all of the BS that these managers we’ve had in the past have tried. If we decide we want something, we go get it. We figured out how to get ‘Mystery Road’ rereleased. We’ve maintained strong relationships with guys like Darius, who has always been a fan, so he decided to cut ‘Straight To Hell’ and get it on mainstream country radio. The story keeps on going; we don’t want to be a band that rests on one or two hits from 25 years ago.”

    And at the heart of it all is the relationship between Kinney and Nielsen, a friendship and partnership that’s lasted for nearly 40 years.

    “It all started when I saw this guy pop up onstage at a club one night and play a couple of songs,” Nielsen says with a laugh. “I went up to him after he came offstage and said, ‘Who are you? That was really great! You sound like Ray Davies and you look like Johnny Ramone!’ He played me a cassette of his demos, and they were really great, and I suggested that we should do something. And for some reason, we’ve really just continued to click together.”

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    A hOLIDAY message from kevn kinney

    Are you ready?
    To Rock!!
    Brothers and Sisters
    Welcome to the New Years Eve Rock n Roll Earthquake!!
    A 9.9 on the Rocket Scale!
    Drivin n Cryin and Dan Baird’s Homemade Sin?!!!
    Yep!
    Unbelievable wall of awesome....
    We will be playing something old something new something borrowed something blue ... as in honeysuckle !
    Our new record ,produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan is going to be an instant classic Drivin n Cryin recording ...
    Hear it here first !
    Live on stage at The Buckhead Theater
    Atlanta Georgia brought to you by Live Nation .
    December 31 2018
    Our New record features a variety of styles ,thoughts ,ideas ,memories ,Love and tomorrow’s.
    One of the feature tracks is a tribute to Ian Maclagan
    Featuring a cameo performance by non other than Dan Baird .
    Dan’s former rock n roll
    Cauldron the Georgia Sattelites featured Ian on more than one Album, so when I was writing it I immediately thought about Dan.
    Let’s talk about this Baird fellow !
    One of the nicest people we have ever met .
    The very first person to congratulate me when we first got signed.. took me out for Chinese on Buford Highway!
    Homemade Sin featured us on the bill in England a couple years ago for our first real tour in Great Britain .
    Yes. it took us thirty years and we lived and loved every minute .. the cook books at the truck stops are unbelievable.
    But Ladies and Gentlemen
    Boys and Girls
    this New Years Eve .....is the night where the gloves come off !
    A real Rock n Roll Battle Royale
    In this corner .. hailing from Nashville Tennessee ,
    Before the whole world heard about hot chicken and Americana .. the original guitar slinger Ring ding swinger .. original member of Jason and the Scorchers ... Warner Hodges!!!
    ( crowd goes wild )
    And in this corner , originally from the great country of Estonia and now hailing from East Nashville ...
    the unbelievably talented and enigmatic wonder of the thunder ... Laur Joamets!!!
    Crowd goes wild ..!
    I hope I have encouraged you to come join a bunch of my best friends in the entire universe throw a party you’ll never forget!
    I’m truly looking forward to it .
    I can not wait to show off the new songs and delight in watching y’all sing classics like Fly Me Courageous and Straight to Hell with me .
    Oooooo lady
    Won’t you take it easy!
    We are all looking forward to seeing you there !
    Live
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    PS
    Sorry about all the exclamation marks ....
    but DANG IT ,
    I’m excited!!!
    And one side note ... concert tickets make phenomenal
    Holiday Gift ... FYI
    ( that means- for your information- my kids taught me that )

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    Drivin N Cryin brings retrospective show to Tybee

    Singer and songwriter Kevn Kinney looks back and looks ahead



    SINCE the '80s, Drivin N Cryin has walked the line between criminally underrated and critically lauded. Theyíre a band that isnít confined by genre, and often seem to musically do whatever they want. That sense of creative freedom has awarded them some commercial success over the years ó particularly with their acclaimed 1989 album Mystery Road and the follow up Fly Me Courageous.

    The band has experienced something of a resurgence in the last several years, thanks to a multi-generational following as well as some higher profile artists covering their songs. Songwriter and band leader Kevn Kinney formed the band in Atlanta in 1985, and continues to push the group ahead with a consistent output of new music. The band is prepping a new album for 2019, but is set to start the year off with a pair of shows at the Tybee Post Theater on Jan. 11 and 12.

    Ahead of the sold-out shows, which Kinney says will be a unique and special career retrospective, we spoke to Kinney about the evolution of the band, his guitar heroes, and that Darius Rucker cover.


    CS: When you started this band, was it a vehicle for anything you wanted to explore musically? Or did you say, ďIím going to do a straight up rock thing, or Southern rock thing, or folk thing,Ē etc.?

    Kevn Kinney: It started off definitely not a southern rock thing. The southern rock part of Drivin N Cryin was kind of just a fluke. We had a song called "Honeysuckle Blue" which is really about New York City, and a radio station picked it up. It has a Skynyrd-esque kind of thing, but it's also part Television and part other things.

    Iíve never owned a Lynyrd Skynyrd record. Iíve become friends with them when we play with them, and I really like them for totally different reasons than other people do. They had guitar cables and a limited light show. They didnít have all this pizzazz.

    Drivin N Cryin has always been, for me, whatever we want to do. We called ourselves more of a psychedelic band in the first few years. We were attempting to be a psychedelic band, but I didnít want psychedelic-meaning-sitars. I wanted psychedelic meaning challenging - it messes with your preconceived notions of what you think this is. So Scarred But Smarter has a little bit of jazz on it, some Sabbath riffs, some Hendrix licks. Itís got that X and Ramones, and that almost pre-Nirvana thing.

    CS: If you think about even the psych-rock bands of the Ď60s like 13th Floor Elevators, it was exactly what you said - just sort of challenging music for the time.

    Kinney: And it was raw, and it was unexpected. Our thing was, let's have a rock song and actually put a poem in there. Which is what I learned from being a Patti Smith fan.

    CS: Who were your heroes growing up as a guitar player? There is the Richard Lloyd/Television thing that happens with the guitar interplay, and the Ramones punk rock - you're playing Mosrites and that sort of thing. Were those guys your heroes growing up?

    Kinney: Yeah. Johnny Ramone was definitely one of my heroes. I have three other guitar heroes. Robin Trower ó and Robin Trower wouldn't be Robin Trower without Hendrix. Lenny Kaye from Patti Smith Group is one of my heroes. Johnny Ramone, I love Jimmy Page, I love Tony Iommi. All the riffs come from Tony Iommi.

    CS: Those early Sabbath records are unreal.

    Kinney: Unreal, and he's a little underappreciated. Pete Townshend, of course, with the jingle jangle. Duane Eddy and Glen Campbell for all those solos that I do, Link Wray, and then for the jangle and the counter melodies I'd say Peter Buck.

    CS: R.E.M. is my favorite band of all time.

    Kinney: I would love for some DJ to put together the intro licks to R.E.M. records and do a mix of it ó maybe do "So. Central Rain" and then put it back in the middle, and then at the end construct a song with just Peter Buck's intro licks.

    CS: So much of that stuff was not of its time. He's a rhythm player, but it's all hooks.

    Kinney: I think that his intro licks are some of the best ever written.

    CS: The last thing I want to ask about - I think everybody knows the "Straight to Hell" thing with Darius' cover. I'm curious if you ever thought a song like that would have a second life like it has in that context?

    Kinney: It's a very courageous and bold thing for Darius to do. If the song was called, "Just Like My Mama Said," and if it wasn't so many straight-to-hell's in a row, it probably would be a hit on country radio. But I don't think that Starkville, Mississippi, is quite ready for that yet.

    I thought it was fantastic that Darius did that. It took a lot of balls for him to do that. They even did the video, and he got every country star he knew to be on it. He fucking committed, and I was so proud of him for it. I sing it every night, so I know that thereís a lot of people who are kind of a little ashamed [laughs]. Because I know the Baptists out there, but itís all good!

    We donít ask people to commit and weíre a heavy metal, hard rock, pop rock band. But country music is the last closed society of songwriting. Itís the last vestige of the Hollywood system. There were no independent filmmakers writing their own movies in 1940 and 1950. It was about finding the right screenwriter - everybody had their place. Everybody did was Universal said, or what MGM. Thatís what you did.

    Country music is the last part of that - itís all about the Opry, getting inducted, who you are and who writes the songs. Itís fascinating. People are like, ďWe donít need that anymore. We need to go back to old fashioned country and outlaw country.Ē Outlaw country is just fine the way it is.

    The thing about ďStraight to HellĒ is that it doesnít belong to me anymore. So many bands have played it, and Iím so honored that theyíve done it. Bob Schneider has done one of the most beautiful version. I love it because when Iím singing it I see my own movie in my head. I see my own living room as a kid, I see my mom and I see my sister, and itís all real to me. I hope everybody else has their own version of that.

    CS: The thing about Dariusí version that makes it so amazing is that he obviously has this huge platform, but at the end of the day itís just a song that he loved in college and he just went to bat for it.

    Kinney: Because he knows that it's not about going to hell. It's about your mom's preconceived idea that she doesn't want you to end up like her. She wants you to be in love and love the one that you pick. The song looks a lot more dangerous than it is. It's a love song, you know? I wish it would've been a bigger hit for him, because I know that he put a lot of effort into it. He was hoping that the people in country music would've embraced it and read the book not the cover.

    CS: Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me. I'm super excited for these shows.

    Kinney: Well, they're going to be very unique Drivin N Cryin shows. It's kind of my homecoming. It was the first city I ever lived in Georgia. I lived there for a month.

    When I moved from Milwaukee I moved to Tybee Island. It was the first time I ever knew that there was salt in the water, the first time I ever saw a palm tree.

    A lot of my best friends live on Tybee, so that was a catalyst for this. They offered the show and so we turned it into a two-night thing. Itís going to be a career retrospective kind of show.

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