Atlanta’s Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ are responsible for at least three of my favourite records from the late 80s – early 90s. They somehow expertly fused roots/folk/rock/heavy metal and punk together, often on the same record. They could shift gears like it’s nobody’s business – from gorgeous acoustic ballads, to fiddle flush bluegrass, to straight up rock and roll. And man could they rock; in fact I think Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ are maybe second to Motörhead for the loudest band I have ever seen live.
The southern rockers had a pretty big hit with 1990’s patriotic Fly Me Courageous but then DnC kind of faded away, but not really. Singer-songwriter Kevin Kinney released a few very quiet but excellent solo records and DnC continued to record and release full-length albums right up until 2009’s The Great American Bubble Factory.
In 2012 the band formed its own label, New Records, and began issuing a series of five-song EPs, beginning with the country rock tinged Songs from the Laundromat and the punky Songs About Cars, Space and the Ramones. In 2013 they released a collection of psychedelic garage rock called Songs from the Psychedelic Time Clock, and followed that up in 2014 with the excellent Songs For the Turntable, a return to the classic DnC sound. Every one of these EPs is outstanding and highlights the incredible intestinal fortitude of a band that has never compromised its sound for a hit.
Cheetah Chrome and Shannon Pollard’s Plowboy Records is releasing Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – Best of Songs on vinyl later this month – a record encompassing the band’s favorite tracks from the EP series – you can order it HERE, I did, but hurry up – it’s a limited edition.
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ is so good, so criminally underrated, it was difficult to pick a song so I’m going to pick two.