Drivin' n' Cryin play a two-night stand at Smith's

The veteran rockers kindle hometown goodwill by playing consecutive nights in an intimate setting.

Georgia's well-traveled native sons, Drivin' n' Cryin'.
Photo credit: Carlton Freeman

There are still lingering signs of Drivin’ n’ Cryin’s run of mainstream success in the late '80s and early '90s. Many longtime fans fell in love with the band watching them open high-profile gigs for the likes of R.E.M., and it’s not unusual to hear “Fly Me Courageous” or “Straight to Hell” on classic rock radio. That said, the band has survived two decades without a record deal by being much more than a nostalgia act. Kevn Kenny and crew have taken a approach grassroots to performing live, playing in 54 different Georgia cities and towns over the years. Homecoming shows at intimate venues help maintain goodwill as well, including a two-night stand at Smith’s Olde Bar that kicks off tonight.

Drivin' n' Cryin' plays Smith's Olde Bar (the Music Room) with Raelin Nelson (Fri., Juy 15) and the Travelin’ Kine (Sat., July 16). $27-$32.8:30 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar (the Music Room), 1578 Piedmont Ave. 404-875-1522.www.smithsoldebar.com.

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