Favorite Bands: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’

Since the first installment of Favorite Bands was such an obscure choice, here’s one that’s pretty well known–Atlanta southern rockers Drivin’ N’ Cryin’. I first heard of them in 1986 when they were featured on a compilation album from 688 Records, a label connected with the legendary club 688 in downtown Atlanta. They played Rockafellas in Columbia around that time, and this vintage clip from 1987 should give you an idea of what they were like–it’s a far cry from the later version of the band that toured as the opening act for Lynyrd Skynyrd in the 1990s.

Over the years, I’ve seen DNC more times than I can count, in several different cities and clubs. Their shows at the Windjammer in Charleston were always wild, especially in the original club at beach level, with its lower stage and smaller room.

Long before the alt-country movement spawned a legion of new twang-rockers, DNC were combining country and hard rock; The Drive-By Truckers are but one band who owe a big debt to Kevn Kinney and company. Here’s a more recent live clip that proves they can still rock, over twenty years later.


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