Photo by Carlton Freeman


Drivin' N' Cryin'

Dec. 14
7 p.m.

If any band’s career qualifies for the proverbial long, strange trip tag these days, surely it’s Atlanta’s Drivin’n’Cryin. D’n’C is touring in its 32nd year, with founding singer/guitarist/songwriter Kevn Kinney and bassist Tim Nielsen joined by drummer Dave V. Johnson and Estonian guitarist Laur Joamets. An intriguing jumble of Southern, garage, hard and punk rock, plus country, bluegrass, and jangly pop, D’n’C’s music propelled the band up the charts and into arenas (in the early ’90s) and currently to thriving cult status. Recently, the band exulted in its eclecticism on four fired-up EPs (each focusing on a distinct aspect) issued from 2012-14, and just reissued 1989’s Mystery Road in an expanded edition featuring demos recorded by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck (including the long-missing title track), indicating this sob story’s still truckin’. Rich Mattson and the Northstars open.