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Drivin' n' Cryin', Big Engine @Coach's Corner

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IT'S springtime in the Sound Garden, and you know what that means: time to go straight to hell with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’. An annual Coach’s tradition, it’s a treat to hear the Atlanta band’s old radio-hit favorites in addition to their fresh new work.

From 2012-2014, the band released a series of four EPs, each based around a theme: Songs From the Laundromat, Songs About Cars, Space, and The Ramones, Songs From the Psychedelic Time Clock, and Songs for the Turntable. That short format allowed the band to dabble in style and tone in a quick manner, dipping their toes into the pool of Ramones-style power structures, funk grooves, and Tom Petty-esque hooks—it’s the kind of stuff you can dance to, catch onto and sing along with easily, and will remind even the earliest fans of the staying power of the prolific Southern rockers.

In time for their 30th year as a band, Kevn Kinney and company release Best of Songs, rounding up the best cuts from the EP series. The vinyl-only LP release hits stands May 12 on Plowboy Records.

Jacksonville Southern Rock band Big Engine kick off the night.

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