Drivin N Cryin

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

Drivin N Cryin

Lauren Morrow

Sat, February 16, 2019

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

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is all ages

STANDING ROOM ONLY

Drivin N Cryin
Drivin N Cryin
Celebrating their 33rd Anniversary together, Atlanta-based folk rock act, Drivin N Cryin, have spent most of 2018 on tour. In October 1985 Drivin N Cryin played their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club. The band quickly gained attention for their blistering live shows, and amassed a rabid fanbase in the fertile soil of the late-1980s Southeast music scene. Now, 33 years later and after 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 re-released their much celebrated “Mystery Road” album through Universal Music Group (2017) & Darius Rucker cut “Straight to Hell” on his new album, “When Was the Last Time”, released October 2017 with guest vocal appearances by Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley, and Jason Aldean. “Mystery Road” was recently named one of The 50 Best Southern Rock Albums of All Time by Paste Magazine.

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.
Lauren Morrow
Lauren Morrow
With a high-octave range and a Georgia drawl, Lauren Morrow isn’t here to sing a love song — she’s here to tell a story. And though she might be new to Nashville, she’s already paved her way as one of the city’s most promising artists. You might know her as the crown jewel of The Whiskey Gentry, who have toured with Three Dog Night, Cracker, and Butch Walker, appearing on festival bills like Shaky Knees, MerleFest, and Bristol Rhythm & Roots (to name a few).

In late July 2017, Morrow and her husband Jason travelled to Nashville to play Oh Boy Records’ John Prine Tribute night, a intimate gathering where musicians like Jason Isbell, Kelsey Waldon, and the Brothers Osborne joined together to benefit legendary artist Jessi Zazu. After witnessing the supportive music community that Nashville had to offer, Lauren and Jason, also a member of The Whiskey Gentry, decided it was time for a change.

Hightailing it back to Atlanta, they quit their jobs, packed their things, listed their on house on the market, and didn’t look back. Once settled into their new home in East Nashville, they collectively decided to shift the focus on a new, more focused project, simply called Lauren Morrow. Founded on a collaborative mentality, Morrow recruited an all-star lineup of Nashville’s most notable players, including drummer Jerry Pentecost, pedal steel player Whit Wright, bassist Ted Pecchio, and former Deer Tick member Robbie Crowell on keys. Less than a year later, Morrow landed in Creative Workshop’s studio with producer/engineer Parker Cason to create her self-titled solo debut. The four song EP not only showcases Morrow’s flawless vocals and intricate songwriting, but her willingness to take risks — an edge that makes her stand out from the Nashville norm.

Set for release October 12, 2018, the Lauren Morrow EP is filled with stories; some real, some fiction, all universal yet personal. The album begins with the upbeat, twang-filled “Viki Lynn,” a sentimental nod to Morrow’s own mother that chronicles the decades of her life. The song grew out of the lyrics, “Have you ever seen a more beautiful girl alive // than Viki Lynn in 1975” and that aha! moment that everyone has about their parents at some point. “I kept thinking about when you see old pictures of your mom when she’s young, and you think, ‘you’re so beautiful,’” Lauren says, “And the older you get, the more you realize that your parents were people before you existed.”

Fading into the softer, “I Don’t Think About You At All” some might mistake the pedal steel, somber tune as a sarcastic break-up ballad, but it’s actually the opposite — a testament to Morrow’s wit-filled, skilled songwriting. “There’s a line in that show Mad Men where Don Draper get in an elevator with a kid he’s hired to work for him,” she recants, “The elevator doors close, the kid turns to Don and says, ‘I think you’re an asshole.’ and Don, without any hesitation, says, ‘I don’t think about you at all.’ I thought, damn that’s good.” While the core of the song was directly inspired by Don Draper, Morrow’s lyrics depict an attitude that’s timeless, especially these days. “The words are very true. The lyrics are exactly how I feel some people think about me, but I have to silence the noise and not care,” she says, “I think the best thing to do is say I don’t think about you at all. Get your power back.”

The next song opens with Pentecost’s signature, strong drum techniques and sets the tone for what Morrow calls ‘a less violent version’ of “Fist City” by Loretta Lynn. “I wrote ‘Mess Around’ when I was thinking about someone who I thought was my friend, only to find out that they weren’t,” Lauren explains, “There are women in your life that are gonna lift you up, and then there are women who are self-serving.” Adding to the lyrics is the dynasticism of each player and their varied talents; Wright came up with the chords, and Jason Morrow invented the lick, making this the most collaborative song on the record.

The album concludes with a bang, and in more ways than one. “Barbara Jean” came to light after a night of drinking, intimate storytelling, and a Southern secret swept under the rug. “We had just played in Chattanooga, and Jason went out with a friend whose family was from there. He told Jason that his whole family lived there, except for his grandma, who went missing 10 years ago,” Lauren begins, “He was like, ‘Yeah, her and my grandpa were in a fight, they went to Lake Nickajack on their anniversary trip, and my grandma never came home. And then my grandpa got married six months later.’” Coupled with details as eerie as grandma and grandpa, Jason came home and immediately told Lauren about the (surprisingly) cold case, which sparked a song idea. “Jason was thinking that we should write it in a minor key and it would be real sad, but the first thing that popped into my head was that we should write it from the perspective of grandpa, presumably the killer, in a major key; which is what it ended up being.”

It’s the small details like those that set Lauren Morrow apart. Musically she’s talented, lyrically she’s talented, there’s no question to that; but Morrow’s ingenuity shines through in the studio and on stage. Whether she’s singing a murder ballad or an vintage, classic-country sounding banger, there’s a unique impression she leaves that lingers. You don’t want to miss it.
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801
http://www.thegreyeagle.com/