Talk about some Southern rock royalty, Atlanta-based Drivin N Cryin has been cranking out music since the mid-1980s. With Live the Love Beautiful, the band’s first full-length album since 2009, the band shows off its revamped roster of guitarist Laur Joamets joining the ranks of frontman Kevn Kinney, bass-playing co-founder Tim Nielsen, and longtime drummer Dave V. Johnson.
“Working with Kevn is inspiring and challenging,” says the album’s producer, Aaron Lee Tasjan. “He does things very instinctually. I think he sees pictures in his mind of what the music will look like when he’s creating it. The thing is, as a collaborator of his, you don’t get to know what those pictures look like. For working on this album, I trusted Kevn’s approach. I trusted Kevn because I knew he would deliver great songs.”
With several iconic albums to its credit, Tasjan says he thinks this album is what would’ve happened if Drivin N Cryin continued down the path of Mystery Road. “It’s got all the styles they mastered on that album but also some beautiful surprises and some tunes that I feel are modern-day classics,” the producer says. “This record is free wheeling, earth shattering, first three albums-era Drivin N Cryin but updated and supercharged.”
Tasjan continues, “If you love Drivin N Cryin you will adore this record. They are as good as they’ve ever been right now. It’s a really good time to be a Drivin N Cryin fan.”
Here are 5 Questions with the band’s longtime frontman Kevn Kinney.
It’s unbelievable to think about. Over 30 years ago I remember sitting on my couch, just four blocks away from where I’m sitting right now, and freeing my first album from the shrink wrap, placing it in the turntable, watching the label spin around, and listening to those beautiful grooves vibrate. I did that last week with my new album and wasn’t any less thrilled! I never thought when I was a 300-pound high school junior, who always had a concert ticket for an upcoming show pinned to his bulletin board in his bedroom, that I would have a career spanning four decades. I don’t know what I was thinking in 1986 … probably I was hoping to get at least three albums out … never thought I would have 15!
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