Tinnitist TV | Episode 71: Kevn Kinney Of Drivin N Cryin

The Southern rock veteran on his latest solo disc, his K-Tel dreams, spelling & more.

Sometimes you want to hang out with friends. Sometimes you want to be by yourself. Kevn Kinney — the frontman and founder of Southern rock mainstays Drivin N Cryin — manages to do both on his latest album.

Think About It, the singer-songwriter and guitarist’s 10th non-Drivin album, is his first solo release in more than a decade. And fittingly enough, it’s an introspective, personal affair laced with songs about solitude and loneliness. But he didn’t do it totally alone. On these 11 songs, he’s joined by a guest list of longtime friends, including producer David Barbe, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Bill Berry, and members of Drive-By Truckers, Drivin N Cryin and more. He’s also joined in spirit by late friends and collaborators like Col. Bruce Hampton and drummer-producer Anton Fier, who both inspired and influenced some of these songs. A couple of days before Think About It dropped, the talkative Kinney Zoomed in from his Atlanta home to discuss going it alone, the K-Tel rock record in his future, why there’s no I in Kevn — in more ways than one — and pretty much anything else that was on his mind. Enjoy.