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OUT IN THE CROWD: Drivin' N' Cryin' to perform Friday at Vines Mansion

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

Kevn Kinney said his voice has never sounded better.

After a surgery four years ago to remove a cyst from his larynx, the Drivin' N' Cryin' frontman said he can now sing every song from every album better than the original recordings.

"It's better musically than it's ever been, which is frustrating because I'm almost 50," Kinney said. "I'm 49 and I wish I would have been this good of a musician and singer back then because I think we would have made really a big difference for ourselves and the music community."

After making music for 25 years, Kinney said the band, as a whole, has never sounded better.

"You can't be a folk artist for 25 years," Kinney said. "Eventually you're going to figure out how to paint. You can only be a beat poet for so long and even after so many books you become a real writer."

The Atlanta-based band will perform with its improved sound during Music at the Vines Mansion Friday. The show will include Drivin' N' Cryin' favorites such as "Honeysuckle Blue" and "Straight to Hell," as well as selections from "Whatever Happened to the Great American Bubble Factory," the band's first full studio album in 12 years that was released in 2009.

It's an album, Kinney said, that doesn't stray from the band's signature southern rock sound.

"When you're trying to make a Drivin' N' Cryin' record you have to thing about Drivin' N' Cryin' fans, southern fans," Kinney said. "We decided early on we were going to make a southern record, a Georgia record, and stick with what our fans like. It was an easy record to make. To just be yourself."

Drivin' N' Cryin' will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, and Vines Mansion is at 3500 Oak Grove Road in Loganville. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 678-601-5900 or visit musicatthevinesmansion.com.