Fly Courageous Again
Perhaps the best modern Southern hard rock/punk band flies into town for a concert at Rhythm & Brews
If you only know Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ from their 1991 album “Fly Me Courageous,” you’re not alone. The band, formed in 1985 by singer-songwriter-guitarist Kevin Kinney, fused Southern rock, punk and acoustic folk, emerging from Atlanta with an increasingly harder-rocking sound as it entered the ‘90s.
But it’s follow-up to “Courageous,” 1993’s “Smoke” failed to catch fire and the band moved away from its heavy guitar-based sound. Times and musical tastes shifted quickly in that decade, and DNC were caught in the undertow.
A “best of” collection followed and then in 2009, the band released its first studio album in 12 years, “The Great American Bubble Factory.” The band hit the road and began to rebuild its core fan base and attract new fans who were too young to have experienced their earlier fame.
Last year, the band released a series of four EPs based around a theme or story, dropping at a rate of about once a month. Director Eric Von Haessler has been trailing the band since its 25th anniversary tour in 2011 for the documentary “Scarred But Smarter: The Life and Times of Drivin’ N’ Cryin,’” which was completed in November 2012 and should be released this year.
With all that behind them, DNC visits Chattanooga this Saturday for a show at Rhythm & Brews, re-energized and rocking harder than ever. It should be quite a night.
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
9:30 p.m. • Saturday, Feb. 2 • Rhythm & Brews • 221 Market St. • rhythm-brews.com
Friday, Feb. 1
Ex-members of Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity, Crowbar and Eyehategod storm T29.
8 p.m. • Track 29 • 1400 Market St. • (423) 521-2929 • track29.co
Saturday, Feb 2
College Band Night
Could be great, surprising, but surely cheap fun at the ever-cool Camp House.
7:30 p.m. • Camp House • 1427 Williams St. • (423) 702-8081 • thecamphouse.com