Drivin' N' Cryin'

Proud Larry's Presents...

Drivin' N' Cryin'

George McConnell

Fri · April 6, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is 18 and over

Drivin' N' Cryin'
Drivin' N' Cryin'
Celebrating their 32nd Anniversary together, Atlanta-based folk rock act, Drivin N Cryin, have spent most of 2017 on tour. In October 1985 Drivin N Cryin played their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club. The band quickly gained attention for its blistering live shows and amassed a rabid fanbase in the fertile soil of the late-1980s Southeast music scene. Now, 32 years later and releasing four full length albums on Island Records and one on Geffen Records founding members Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielsen find themselves enjoying a milestone anniversary for the band, having survived the pressures of fame, a shifting musical landscape, multiple lineup changes, and miles of backroads and highways to arrive here.

With a gold record, 10 full-length albums, and a handful of EPs to their credit, the band still refuses to rest. In 2012, a documentary about the band entitled Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin' N’ Cryin' was produced. In 2015, a collection of 10 choice cuts from the band’s 4-EP “Songs” series, entitled Best of Songs, was released on Nashville’s Plowboy Records. Additionally, the band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame the same year. The following year, Drivin N Cryin released a vinyl-only album, entitled Archives Vol One , with a collection of basement recordings from the years 1988 to 1990.

With Dave V. Johnson as their drummer and the band's newest member Laur Joamets (originally Sturgill Simpson) now being added to the lineup, Drivin N Cryin is continuing to tour the U.S. to great acclaim.

Island Records will be re-releasing their acclaimed record “Mystery Road” through Universal Music Group later this year. Darius Rucker has cut “Straight to Hell” on his new album slated for this October with guest vocals appearances of Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley and Jason Aldean.

A quote from the band’s lead singer, Kevn Kinney, gives a little insight into what Drivin N Cryin is all about: “We are a band that's like your record collection.” Drawing influence from a wide array of musical elements, Drivin N Cryin has developed a unique sound over the years. Their name derives from the eclectic nature of this sound: a little drivin' rock n roll and a little country twang. Comfortable with their past and confident in their future, the band has an arsenal of songs, a full tank of gas, and no plans of stopping any time soon
George McConnell
George McConnell
George McConnell picked up his first guitar at age 15, and he's been picking them up ever since. As both a player and purveyor of guitars, he has amassed quite a collection of sounds, songs and stringed instruments. He's served as lead guitarist in the bands Beanland, Kudzu Kings and Widespread Panic. In his spare time, he helmed a vintage guitar store on the historic Oxford Square.

McConnell first learned the ways of the world under the careful teaching of a truck driver named Lulu. When he was just ten years old, McConnell worked on the back of a beer truck with Lulu, traveling to juke joints and pool halls delivering delicious Falstaff in the Mississippi Delta.

McConnell grew up in the river town of Vicksburg, Mississippi. halfway between New Orleans and Memphis. Thus began exposure to the wide swath of music that inhabits the Mississippi soul. Over the years he crossed paths with musicians from the worlds of jazz, soul, blues, country and rock 'n roll; in effect, McConnell couldn't help but become the player that he is blurring these styles of music together. These experiences led him to become a full time musician, worse than that - a singing, guitar player; despite his family and friends', wishes for a better life. This is music that can only be called rock 'n roll.

With nearly two decades of stage experience under his belt, McConnell unleashes these new songs to take out on a "singles" only date, and have your way with them. So cozy up to your internet and pretend you are buying a real vinyl 45. Punch the button to download the way it used to be.

Those songs have been percolating in McConnell's Oxford studio, and will be released in the following months through a series of downloadable singles, packaged together in "Virutal 45" form as a two-track (A-side and B-side) package.

Lulu would be proud.
Venue Information:
Proud Larry's
211 S Lamar Blvd
Oxford, MS, 38655