Director Eric Von Haessler has just put out Scarred But Smarter – the Life n Times of Drivin n’ Cryin, an in-depth look at this legendary Georgia band. Through extensive interviews with bandmates & managers past and present, as well as people, like Peter Buck of REM, Ed Rowland of Collective Soul, and Darius Rucker, we get a clear picture of true rock n’ roll survivors. Von Haessler talks about having the band in the studio on his radio show and how it opened his eyes, and set him on a journey to direct this documentary.
Drivin’ n Cryin’ have released some fantastic albums over the years, including 1991’s Fly Me Courageous. But, in 2012, the band abandoned the format in favor of recording shorter EP’s (most only 4 or 5 songs each). Songs For the Turntable is the fourth and latest installment of this series. Icon Fetch talks to singer Kevn Kinney of the band about this latest project, which brings everything full circle, returning to the band’s signature sound. He also talks about a brand new song called “Where’s My Country.”
Kevn Kinney formed Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ in 1985 in Atlanta, scoring several college radio hits including “Honeysuckle Blue,” and “Power House.” Then came their breakthrough album, Fly Me Courageous in 1991 – the album scored three rock radio hits including the searing title track. Kinney has also led a solo career, recording the excellent Macdougal Blues in 1990. Drivin’ N’ Cryin’’s last studio effort was The Great American Bubble Factory. Now the band is readying a series of EP’s, exploring different aspects of their long career.
The first one, out now, is called Songs From the Laundromat. Kinney tells a funny story of how his wife helped influence his decision to release EP’s instead of full albums, how the laundromat holds a special place in his heart, and how the success of “Fly Me Courageous” negatively affected his life.