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Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series: Concert #8

  • Mountain Heritage Festival Stage Downtown Whitesburg Whitesburg, KY, 41858 (map)

Drivin' N Cryin'
Celebrating its 32nd Anniversary together, folk-rock act Drivin’ N Cryin’ delivers electrifying live shows that fuse honky-tonk melodies with searing hard-rock guitar riffs. Founding members Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielson formed the band in Atlanta in October 1985, playing their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club. Drivin’ N Cryin’s unique blend of hair-metal-meets-country quickly amassed an avid fan-base among critics and music-lovers alike. The band has stayed the course through an ever-changing musical landscape and multiple lineup changes, and now with newest members drummer Dave V. Johnson and guitarist Luar Joamist, they've been back on the road and thrilling concertgoers across the U.S---including stops at Levitt Shell Memphis (2012, 2013) and Levitt AMP New Albany (2016).

Drivin’ N Cryin’s 1991 album Fly Me Courageous sold over 500,000 copies, earning a gold certification and sparking a robust touring schedule—including tour dates with artists like Neil Young and Soul Asylum. In 2011, the Georgia General Assembly issued a House resolution honoring the band’s contributions to the region’s musical heritage and their commitment to improving the lives of others through benefit concerts and charity work. The following year, the group was the subject of a feature documentary, Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin’ N Cryin’, chronicling the group’s history through multiple interviews with celebrity fans including Peter Buck of R.E.M., Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish and Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Since then, Drivin’ N Cryin’ has been inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame (2015) and named one of Paste Magazine’s “50 best Southern Rock Albums of All Time” (2018).

www.drivinncryin.com