This weekend if you are looking for a place to have your ears blasted with a healthy dose of rock-n-roll then the 120 Tavern & Music Hall in Marietta is the place you need to go. For two nights Drivin’ n’ Cryin (DNC) will be doling out music for the packed venue. DNC has built a long and storied musical career due to their ability to keep their loyal fan base happy and continually add new younger fans. The average music listener that dismisses DNC as another southern rock band or refers to them as the band with that “Straight To Hell” song misses out on how good their music really is. With music that is full of influential sounds their songs are loaded with chunks of punk (“Scarred But Smarter”), rock (“Powerhouse”), country (“Peacemaker”) and folk (“Catch The Wind”) keeping DNC’s music relevant without them having to fall back on their greatest hits catalog. Just listen to the 4 EPs they have released over the last year and a half which are loaded with some of the best music of their careers. Home many bands are together 20+ years and still churn out fresh music?
Their live shows are incredible, failing to disappoint as each set list varies with an equal mix of classic DNC, new material and a few choice covers. Kevn Kinney’s timeless lyrics are just as relevant today as they did when the band was younger and when you hear the blue collar tinged tunes resonating off of the walls at the 120 Tavern you can feel their power. Musically DNC never gets stale. Tim Nielsen’s steady bass playing is the back bone of DNC’s music and paired with Dave V Johnson (who has been with the band long enough to stop being called the new drummer) on drums the rhythms have never sounded better. Seasoned guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan joins the band sharing guitar duties with Mr. Kinney. Tasjan may come across as laid back or mild mannered but when he straps on his guitar it is pure magic. When they crank up the amps this weekend the foursome will produce one damn fine night of tunes.
The music will be loud the beer will be cold and the room will be packed. You better act now because last time they played this venue it sold out and folks were wrapped around the building waiting to get in. So if you know what is good for you make a weekend of it and enjoy some great tunes from one of the best bands to make their way out of Georgia, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’.