Drivin N Cryin | Cowboy Mouth
Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m.
DRIVIN N CRYIN
Celebrating their thirty-third anniversary together, Atlanta-based folk-rock act, Drivin N Cryin, have spent most of 2018 on tour.
In 1985, Drivin N Cryin quickly gained attention for their blistering live shows, and amassed a rabid fanbase in the fertile soil of the late-1980s Southeast music scene. Now, 33 years later—after releasing four full-length albums on Island Records, one on Geffen Records—founding members Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielsen find themselves enjoying the band’s milestone anniversary, having survived the pressures of fame, a shifting musical landscape, multiple lineup changes and miles of backroads and highways.
With a gold record, 10 full-length albums, and a handful of EPs to their credit, the band still refuses to rest. In 2012, a documentary about the band entitled Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin' N’ Cryin' was produced. In 2015, a collection of 10 choice cuts from the band’s 4-EP “Songs” series, entitled Best of Songs, was released on Nashville’s Plowboy Records. Additionally, the band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame the same year. The following year, Drivin N Cryin released Archives Vol One. The vinyl-only album, was a collection of basement recordings from the years 1988 to 1990.
With Dave V. Johnson as their drummer, and the band's newest member Laur Joamets (originally Sturgill Simpson) added to the lineup, Drivin N Cryin continues touring the U.S. to great acclaim.
In 2017, Island Records re-released their much celebrated Mystery Road album through Universal Music Group. That same year, Darius Rucker cut “Straight to Hell” on his 2017 album, When Was the Last Time, with guest vocal appearances by Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley, and Jason Aldean. Mystery Road was recently named one of “The 50 Best Southern Rock Albums of All Time” by Paste Magazine.
Says lead singer, Kevn Kinney, “We are a band that's like your record collection.” Their name derives from the eclectic nature of the band’s sound: a little drivin' rock n roll and a little country twang.
Comfortable with their past and confident in their future, the band has an arsenal of songs, a full tank of gas, and no plans of stopping any time soon.
For over two decades, Cowboy Mouth has dished up their unique style of rock ‘n’ roll gumbo, mixing a rowdy spirit reflective of the band's hometown—New Orleans—with the fierce firepower of a group that lives on the road.
These Louisiana natives have played more than 2,500 concerts and launched their signature song, "Jenny Says,” into the upper half of the Billboard rock charts. Above all, they earned a well-deserved reputation as a raucous, redemptive, live music experience. Go!, the band's newest album, is proof that Cowboy Mouth hasn't lost its bite. It's the most collaborative album of the group's career, performed with ferocity by a group of rock ‘n’ roll veterans who've been there, done that...and can't wait to do it all again.
With many years of reviews lauding their live show, there is still one quote which best captures their energy:
“…on a bad night they'll tear the roof off the joint and on a good night, they'll save your soul.”
- Cake Magazine
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