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Cheetah Chrome brings some added excitement to Drivin N Cryin

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Drivin N Cryin does just fine playing shows on its own. But it's even better when punk guitarist Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys and Rocket From the Tombs can join the group for a show or two.

"He's been a friend of ours since the 90s," says DNC co-founder Kevin Kinney. Chrome (real name Gene O'Connor) now works for Plowboy Records in Nashville (co-owned by the grandson of country music star Eddy Arnold) and guested on DNC's 2012 EP "Songs About Cars, Space and the Ramones."

"We've just been hanging out," Kinney, 53, continues. "He came to Atlanta and we did some shows, and he was like, 'Man, I want to do some of those (road) runs with you.' We're kind of doing a three-piece thing now and have guest guitar players, so we said, 'Yeah, sure. Here's a good weekend and here's a list of songs.

"He's a great guitar player, so when Cheetah Chrome wants to be in your band, you should probably say yes."

Kinney and company -- best known for their 1991 album "Fly Me Courageous" and its title track -- are also feeling pretty affirmative about the EP series they started in 2012. So far they've released four, including this year's "Songs For the Turntable," each of which explores a different genre, and Kinney says it's a much more sensible way to make and release music than struggling through longer albums.

"I don't want to make any more albums that are five good songs and then I have to force five songs that aren't finished yet just to have enough to call it an album," he explains. "Personally when I listen to a lot of my friends' records, I really listen to the first five songs and that's it. And these days people make their own albums with their iPods anyway.

"It's a multi-level thing that just makes sense to me. We can put out something that doesn't cost a lot of money and every song is a good one, and if people like what they hear on the EP there's a lot more Drivin N Cryin music from the last 29 years they can tap into."

Drivin N Cryin featuring Cheetah Chrome and Purdy Good

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22

Callahan's Music Hall, 2015 South Blvd., Auburn Hills

Tickets are $14 and $12

Call 248-858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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