Thursday, September 20, 2007

While we're on this drivin' theme....

If you haven't read Shawn Ryan's story on Drivin' and Cryin' -- they play at Brothers on Friday -- then you should. Here is a portion:

Drivin’ and cryin’ through the lives of Southern folks
By Shawn Ryan
Star Entertainment Editor
If you’re looking for chance to see Kevn Kinney play live, forget Mondays or Tuesdays.

“People don’t wanna see me play those nights and I don’t wanna play ’em. It works out for everyone,” Kinney says with a laugh. “It’s my weekend.”

Kinney knows about the dregs of the week when it comes to playing; he spent years doing it. As lead singer/guitarist and songwriter for drivin’n’cryin’, he spent most of the years between 1989 and 1993 on the road, playing almost every night of the week. On the “off” days, he’d be doing radio interviews or in-store acoustic shows, so there weren’t really any days off.

“From 1989 to 1993, we lived in that tour bus,” he says from a golf course in Atlanta. “We worked every day … Every summer we made a record, every February it came out.”

Which is why the current incarnation of drivin’n’cryin’ is so much fun, he says. They only play on weekends and they only play when they want to, maybe 20 gigs a year. And the original band is back together — Kinney, bassist Tim Nielsen, drummer Jim Sullivan. Second guitar is held down by Matt Carter, who has been playing with d’n’c for years.

“The shows are more fun than they’ve ever been because I don’t have to do ’em,” Kinney says. “We’re not on tour. We don’t get burned out.”