Legendary Atlanta based rockers Drivin N Cryin will bring the volume to this week’s Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series show. The band is celebrating its 33rd year of touring.
“One of the great things about Drivin N Cryin since it started 33 years ago has been the band’s versatility — they can pull off country, hair metal, folk rock, Southern rock, punk, surf rock and more,” Randy Erickson wrote last month for the La Crosse Tribune in Wisconsin. “At the same time, being a musical chameleon might have been one factor in keeping from Drivin N Cryin from bigger things”.
Erickson continues: “Last year, Island Records re-released the band’s 1989 album, “Mystery Road,” which was included on Paste magazine’s top 50 Southern rock albums. Mystery Road includes two Southern rock staples, ‘Straight to Hell’ and ‘Honeysuckle Blue’ …
“Considering the album’s influence and staying power, it’s worth noting that it was recorded under duress. Island Records was wavering in its commitment to the band after Whisper Tames the Lion, but when R.E.M. came to the label and offered to put Drivin N Cryin on the spring 1989 tour for R.E.M.’s Green album, but only if Drivin N Cryin had a new album, too.
“That kicked Island Records into gear, scrambling to get a record done. Even without the band getting its first choice of producer — Brendan O’Brien, not yet a sought-after record producer … the band kicked out a masterpiece.
“Drivin N Cryin had its biggest commercial success with the next album, 1991’s Fly Me Courageous, which garnered a lot of radio and video play for the hard-rockin’ title song (reportedly a favorite of U.S. pilots on bombing runs over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm).”
The band was a staple on late ‘80s and early ‘90s MTV, with 10 great albums through today. They get over 40,000 plays on Spotify each month.
Founding members Kevin Kinney and Tim Neilsen are joined by drummer Dave V Johnson and guitarist Laur Joamets from Sturgill Simpson’s Grammy winning band.
Laid Back Country Picker takes the stage at 6 p.m., performing tunes from his self-titled debut album featuring “Magoffin County Cadillac.” Drivin’ n Cryin’ take the stage at 7.
The Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series is presented by Appalachian Regional Healthcare. The music series brings free live music to downtown Whitesburg through August 2.
The community is invited to bring a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts. The Whitesburg Farmer’s Market will be open from 4 till 7. Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation will offer different health information and screenings each week. There are food booths and Kona Ice at each show. The events are located at the Mountain Heritage Village stage. Admission is free.
The Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation.