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Goin’ old school with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’

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

The Simpsons’ run ends…on the Tracy Ullman Show.

Batman is the popular movie…with Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne.

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

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