WSJ: Sonic Summer with DNC

by Andy Battaglia for the Wall Street Journal

Aug. 10, 2011

For rock aficionados of a certain vintage raised in the Southeast, the men of Drivin' N' Cryin' are legends—makers of albums and instigators of live shows in the 1990s that seemed to assume storied status in the classic-rock canon but, as time and travels later told, never meant half as much to anyone outside the region. There's something endearingly old-fashioned about that now, as regional boosterism loses out to post-geographical online ooze. But there's plenty to celebrate regardless, as Drivin' N' Cryin' carries on. The Atlanta-base

d band has a deep catalog of songs that split the seams of country, folk and rock, with clues to its overall effect hidden in titles like "Honeysuckle Blue," "Straight to Hell" and "Scarred But Smarter."

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