Photo by Kenneth J Green
Drivin N Cryin
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
$15 adv, $20 dos, 7:30pm doors, 8pm show
Having just issued the fourth and final of their serial EP releases that began in Summer 2012, Atlanta-based veteran Southern alt band Drivin N Cryin continue their ongoing barnstorming of the U.S. that started that same Summer. Following up 2012’s Songs From The Laundromat, the Paul Ebersold-produced Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones and April 2013’s Songs From The Psychedelic Time Clock – produced by Kevn Kinney and Chris Griffin – Drivin N Cryin releases Songs For The Turntable, the fourth and final EP to be created and released by these Southern alternative rock icons. I’m hoping you’d consider advancing their show with a feature, EP review or advance blurb. Please let me know if you need the music.
Songs For The Turntable marks a significant return to its unique form of mixing rock, americana and folk into a seamless sound that can only be called the ‘Drivin N Cryin Sound.’ Working again with producer Paul Ebersold at Sound Kitchen Studios in Nashville TN and Ardent Studios in Memphis TN, Songs For The Turntable most closely references the classic Drivin N Cryin recordings Whisper Tames The Lion and Mystery Road. Big guitars, anthemic melodies, reflective lyrics, and tight musicianship make this recording the finest Drivin N Cryin yet. In late 2013, the band announced the addition of lead guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan who’d performed on lead singer Kevn Kinney’s last solo outing, having played behind him in a year-long residency on NYC’s Lower East Side. Kinney spent much of early 2014 producing, writing and performing the music for this season of FXX’s hit cartoon series Archer. The new EP is released on the Blank Records label, distributed by Redeye.
In an effort to release Drivin N Cryin music while it’s still fresh and new to both the band ourselves and their fans, they have partnered with our good friends at Redeye Distribution to release 4 EPs over a 12 month period. EP1 Songs From The Laundromat revisited the band’s Southern-fried jangle-rock roots. EP2, Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones, showcased songs from the secret landscape of the American psyche. EP4 – well, you’ll have to wait and see!
“A couple months ago I was writing in the morning and my wife was listening to a record. She said I should record that song and I said ‘well, I did.’ It was the last song on the last record! It dawned on me then that most people that listen to records don’t usually listen past five or six songs, so I’m going to make a record with only five or six songs on it. In fact, I’m going to do four… Or five… Or maybe the rest of them this way!!!! This solves a lot of problems for drivin n cryin.
“I love the fact that we have never shied away from the fact we are influenced by so many different sounds. But sometimes combining them on one record can be somewhat disconcerting to a particular group of fans. I love that. I love the psychedelic element of challenging the listener. I mean it’s all based on a library of music from our past… THE KINKS and THE WHO meet the RAMONES and THE COUNT FIVE at a little bar owned by BOB DYLAN and JOHNNY CASH…But the opportunity to focus on a specific genre or subject is exciting to me…Also an opportunity to record with all the people we have been looking forward to working with is almost limitless…We would love to work all over the country with our friends and the five song format means we only need a few days of their time…
“I think people will be excited when they own a few and can contrast the different sounds and producers… I don’t have the patience anymore for a two year recording project, a big build up as if you’re JD SALINGER, a tour and then reality again… I don’t like hype… I just want to offer up my art for the fans or soon-to-be-fans. A five or six song recording every three months like a magazine subscription… I want it now!!!
And I want it NEW!” – kevn kinney/Drivin N Cryin