For a band formed decades ago with a sizeable gap between recent records, ‘Live the Love Beautiful’ feels like a classic already. It’s fresh and vital and most importantly sets a powerful direction for the band. Don’t leave it so long next time, Drivin N Cryin.
Live The Love Beautiful, produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan, is a blast of full-spectrum rock & roll, with Kinney singing about the troubled times of modern-day America; the trials and triumphs of an adulthood logged on the road; the benefits of appreciating the small things in life; and even the legacy of the Faces' late keyboardist, Ian McLagan.
Live the Love Beautiful is smart Rock album, a personable listen with plenty of jangle and a few quick bursts of punk, living in audio harmony among the ballads and swirling, psychedelic southern guitar.
"The release of Live The Love Beautiful (available, incidentally, on gorgeous blue vinyl) finds singer Kevn Kinney and his band at the forefront yet again of a genre – a mix of Americana, punk and Southern rock – that they they’ve been playing since the mid-80s, a time when that style of music was hardly en vogue for the masses. And while they didn’t create that sound, they sure as hell put their own stamp on it."
Talk about some Southern rock royalty, Atlanta-based Drivin N Cryin has been cranking out music since the mid-1980s. With Live the Love Beautiful, the band’s first full-length album since 2009, the band shows off its revamped roster of guitarist Laur Joamets joining the ranks of frontman Kevn Kinney, bass-playing co-founder Tim Nielsen, and longtime drummer Dave V. Johnson.
Live the Love Beautiful shows why it’s important not just for artists to continue making music, but also for fans to hear what is said and sung. Drivin N Cryin now have a depth that, while different from their early work, is still connected to it.
Flying into the #1 spot with their superhero saviors of Rock’n’Roll capes fluttering behind them, Drvin N Cryin do double duty as champions and ‘”Spies” for the underground’ on the weekly Top Ten for Wednesday, June 26, 2019.
Drivin’ N Cryin’ are kind enough to let the readers of Paste hear all of Live The Love Beautiful ahead of its release on June 21st, and Kinney was kind enough to hop on the phone to talk about the new album and a little bit about the band’s history. Enjoy both below.
Live the Love Beautiful, which features contributions from Nashville musicians including Elizabeth Cook, The McCrary Sisters and Jimmy Matt Rowland, never flags over its 44 minutes — it’s Drivin N Cryin’s best album to date.