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Goin’ old school with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’

Drivin N Cryin
1884 Lounge
Memphis, Tennessee
September 27, 2013

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Acid-washed jeans are, well, cool.

The year is 1989, and it’s the year that Drivin’ n’ Cryin’s seminal album, Mystery Road, hit the shelves. Chances are, if you grew up in the South, “Straight To Hell” showed up on at least one of your mix tapes.

Fast-forward to 2013, and the band is still around, and just as good as ever. Few acts have had DnC’s longevity; the band played its first show in 1985, and released its first album, Scarred But Smarter, a year later.

The band took the stage at 1884 Lounge in Memphis to a packed room of mostly middle-aged fans who undoubtedly grew up with them as a key part of the soundtrack of their youth. But, this was no nostalgia act; they rock as hard today as they did nearly 30 years ago.

From the opening notes of “Build A Fire,” it was clear that there was still a little gas left in Kevn Kinney’s tank. The set was a great mix of old songs and new tracks, with a cover thrown in here and there for good measure. “Scarred But Smarter” still had the edgy bite it did in the 80s, and “Honeysuckle Blue” still begged the audience to sing along – none of that has changed.

And yes, the set included “Straight To Hell;” Kinney actually left the stage, mic stand in tow, joining the audience to play the song amongst his fans. It was an intimate moment that would have been much more difficult when the band was playing to thousands. But now, as this extremely still-underrated band plays smaller rooms to smaller crowds, it’s a real treat for those once-teenagers that grew up with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ in their tape deck – the ones who now have teenagers of their own.

Set: Build A Fire, The Great American Bubble Factory, Scarred But Smarter, Detroit City Rock, Honeysuckle Blue, The Innocent, Changing of the Guard/Roll Away the Stone, Indian Song, Ain’t Waitin’ On Tomorrow, Dirty, Here Comes a Regular, Let’s Go Dancing, Ca$hville, Acceleration, Straight To Hell, Folsom Prison Blues, Fly Me Courageous

Click the thumbnails to view photos of the show by Josh Mintz

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ : Songs From The Psychedelic Time Clock

DNC - Songs from Psychedelic Time Clock

You wanna know what a Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ album is like, kiddo?

It’s a hopped-up Mountain Dew and BBQ pork rinds fueled joyride through the twisted trailer park underbelly of Joe Dirt America. Rock and roll like this comes greasy and skeevy, and don’t you ever forget it! These boys have been slogging through the beer-drenched bars and smoke-filled halls of the world for so many years, their middle name is “Motel 6.”

Songs From The Psychedelic Time Clock continues the similar groove of their past few EP releases. Hit the recording studio hard, bang out a quick slab of sonic garage noise in six tracks, and get back out on the road to play this stuff live for the people.

Songs From The Psychedelic Time Clock is out now on New! Records.

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, 2/15/12

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
Headliner’s Music Hall
Louisville, KY
February 15, 2012

 

 

 

On a cold and drizzly Wednesday night, the road tested and ridden Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ made a stop a Louisville’s Headliner’s Music Hall to a sparsely filled room of completely devoted fans. Making their way through a set of originals, the Georgia by way of Milwaukee natives opted to close things down with a second set/encore that was almost entirely made up of covers.

For those that were there, they got rocked.

 

Setlist

Underground Umbrella, Fly Me Courageous, Great American Bubble Factory, The Innocent, Scarred But Smarter, Baloney > Baloney Round Two, Ain’t Waiting On Tomorrow, Where’s My Country, STH, Keeping It Close To My Heart, Dirty, Honeysuckle Blue

Encore: Here Comes a Regular (Replacements), Let’s Go Dancing > I Got A Feeling (Beatles), REM, Handle With Care (Traveling Wilburys), Pushing Too Hard (Seeds) >I Don’t Want To Be No Encyclopedia Salesman >  Rock & Roll Star (Byrds) > Sonic Reducer (Dead Boys)

 

Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Bill Ivester

 

 

 

Mucklewain marks the return of grass-roots festivals

 

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Mucklewain Southern Music Festival 
Pinewood, Tennessee
September 28-29, 2007

There has been much talk about the demise of the concert industry in recent years.  Large shed venues have had major drops in ticket sales, and some have even closed their doors.  Many credit skyrocketing ticket prices and vendor gouging as a large part of the problem.  It is hard to get your money’s worth with $175-$200 festival tickets and eight dollar beers.  However, with hard-working festivals like Mucklewain doing poorly at the box office despite offering up stellar lineups, bargain basement admission and a BYOB policy, perhaps there are just a lack of intelligent listeners.

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