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Tim Nielsen of Drivin N Cryin #1802

Atlanta’s Home Town Band

Tim Nielsen co-founded Drivin N Cryin with Kevn Kinney in Atlanta in 1985. Drivin N Cryin were hometown heroes before their debut album, Scarred But Smarter, was even released, as R.E.M. had already “made it huge” for a Georgia band by then. Whisper Tames the Lion was their major label release on Island Records, who also re-released SBS. By the time Mystery Road came out, Drivin N Cryin were on the road to major rock band stardom. Catch the almost-rise, and not-exactly fall in the fan-film by Eric von Haessler, with special guests like Jason Isbell and Darius Rucker.

Vinyl Album Re-issue of Mystery Road

In October 2017, the archives imprint of Island Records remastered and re-released Mystery Road, in a gatefold vinyl double album. The re-issue includes several of the Peter Buck demos for that session, previously only available under the counter from local record stores and tape traders. Even the scrapped title track finally makes this version of Mystery Road. Buck and Kinney have been long-time close friends, and Buck was supposed to produce Mystery Road. Due to R.E.M. band obligations and the album-cycle expectations of DNC’s label, the project ended up with a different team behind the board. It’s a treat to finally, officially hear some of these demos!

DNC Officially Welcomes Laur Joamets & Announces New Album Produced by Aaron Lee Tasjan

Country Fried Rock’s family tree continues to pollinate. In our original Kevn Kinney interview (here and second conversation here), he mentioned one of his favorite emerging songwriters, Aaron Lee Tasjan, who has since been featured twice on this podcast. Tasjan will produce the next Drivin N Cryin album, and has already shared some pre-production sneak peeks.

Mystery Road reissue 2017 album art

JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers #1338

JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers went electric on Wild Moon, and if you only knew their old time acoustic debut, Wake Up Sinners, and have not seen them live recently, you might be as shocked as audiences hearing Dylan go electric at Newport Folk Fest.  Well, maybe not, but that sort of hyperbole is de rigeur for showman, songwriter, harmonica player, illustrator, author, and cartoonist, JD Wilkes.  Frequently using his honorary moniker of “Colonel,” as in Kentucky Colonel, a distinction given by the governor to notable Kentuckians, Wilkes is the creative mind behind the entire sideshow and brand of the Dirt Daubers, including his latest book chronicling small town picking parties and barn dances across Kentucky.  He is as intense a conversationalist as you might imagine, spewing one-liners and ideas like hot popcorn without a lid.  I love his vision and how he ties everything together — like “performance art.”

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