Drivin' N' Cryin'
The Harris Brothers
Venue Address (Get Directions)The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Date and Time
Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 12:00am
Drivin' n' Cryin' w/ The Harris Brothers Drivin' N Cryin'http://www.drivinncryin.com“We are a band that’s like your record collection.”-That’s a quote from me in one of the first articles ever written about drivin’ n’ cryin’ back in the Eighties.We released our first album Scarred But Smarter in 1986 on 688 Records. 688 was the center of the underground Atlanta rock scene in the 1980â€²s. Bands as diverse as Hüsker Dü, Rank and File, Lords of the New Church, The Residents and a week-long stint by Iggy Pop graced the hallowed walls of that now-defunct night club. If you drive down Spring Street today, there’s just a doc-in-a-box where the punk rock used to be.I met Tim Nielsen just after I moved to Atlanta from Milwaukee. One night I was playing in a pickup band with Die Kreuzen, my good friends from back home.(Check out their Touch and Go records produced by Butch Vig.) They were staying on my floor, just passing through on tour. We played a lot of shows together a couple of years back when I was in a punk band called The Prosecutors, so we figured what the fuck? Let’s see what happens.Tim was there that night. He played in the big 688 band The Nightporters and was a rock star in Atlanta. He pulled me aside after the show and asked me if I lived down here. I told him that I had just moved to town and was working at the sewage plant, retired from the music world for good at age 24.Tim stopped by my apartment one afternoon a couple of weeks later and TOLD me he was gonna find me a band to be in. My music was on the folk side of Dylan at the time but I decided I was up to playing just for the fun of it. He got me practicing with a few guys but it wasn’t really happening, so eventually he decided we’d just start our own damn band.Tim quit The Nightporters and stole their drummer and we played our first drivin’ n’ cryin’ show at 688 in October 1985. A little over a year later, I’m sitting in my living room with an album, a real, freakin’ 12-inch vinyl LP record called Scarred But Smarter.I wanted to be in a band that would be unafraid of changing genres, mostly because I’m easily distracted and change subjects mid-sentence. “Needs help with self control,” read every report card after fifth grade .smartass underground comic-readin’ journalistic wannabe too lazy to write a complete story .I settled on the song format it’s perfect a short poem with its own soundtrack.The Harris Brothershttp://www.theharrisbrothers.com/9pm. $12 advance / $14 day of show.Advance tickets are available online and at our local outlets.Standing room only.