[Interview] Drivin N Cryin Pushes Boundaries With New Album in 2019

Georgia’s own southern rock n roll group Drivin N Cryin played The 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga Friday, December 28th, 2018. Throughout the years since the band got its start around 1986 Drivin N Cryin has built themselves a die-hard cult-like following of fans who have grown up loving this classic, anthem blasting, southern rock, sing-along group as was evident Friday night during my first experience with the band. The excitement was palpable, and the long-time fan loyalty was evident as not one, but two fans showed me photos of themselves at The 40 Watt seeing Drivin N Cryin perform in the early ’90s.

I was lucky enough to snag an interview with founding member and bass player Tim Neilsen to discuss a bit about the band, the new album, and his evolution as a musician. Take a listen here.

While discussing the new album, Tim’s voice quickened and grew more excited with every detail he described. It is evident that the band has worked extremely hard and are testing new, maybe even experimental waters with the sound and production of their new, soon to be released album. One big difference is the inclusion of slide guitarist Laur Joamets, formerly with Sturgill Simpson. His iconic blues sound has influenced the band tremendously and allowed them to push the boundaries of their classic anthem sound into more muddy water blues and psychedelic flavored jams.

Keep an eye out for their album release this spring/summer as this isn’t something you are going to want to miss. As Tim stated in the interview, its more about the music now than being rock stars, and my friends, they are on to something beautiful.

Photos by Sanjeev Singhal for Bullet Music

Samantha Hutton

Samantha is a student at Columbus State University where she studies creative writing. Her love of music runs deep.