Thursday, June 25, 2009

Georgia Theatre memories: Kevn Kinney

After nearly 20 years of shows at The Georgia Theatre, you'd think Drivin' n' Cryin' front man Kevn Kinney would have some pretty cool stories to share about the venue.

You'd be wrong. So, so very wrong. I caught up with Mr. Kinney Friday night, after he played a bar here in Macon.
Q: How many times you figure you played at The Georgia Theatre?
A: Oh, I played at least 20. At least 20.

Q: Starting about when?
A: Well I started playing there acoustic, I think, the very first time I played there on Father's Day. Probably Father's Day. My daughter was probably 3. She's 22 now, so 19 years ago.

Q: Sunday is Father's Day.
A: Yeah.

Q: Favorite memory?
A: I think the first time was when she played out there with me. You know, she came out on stage with me, hung out, you know, was walking in and out of the stage. My favorite times there were with The Mule. Government Mule. Those were the best shows I ever saw there. I got to play with Chuck Leavell there with The Mule and it was awesome.

Q: Yeah?
A: Yeah.

Q: What songs you do?
A: I did Straight to Hell, Rockin' in the Free World. The usual.

Q: Any crazy stories that really should not see the light of day, but because of the occasion get to?
A: Not really, man. You know, it's just, like, my kind of hang out bar in Athens. You know, I used to live there for 10 years, so I just kind of go there.

Q: Thank you for your time.
A: I don't have much more. I miss it. And I was supposed to play there in September, so I've got to find some place else to play.
I went back inside the bar after Mr. Kinney headed home and some guy who's name I never got was playing a cover of Swingin'.

"Everybody comes in from the back, looks, and is like, 'Are they doing Swingin?' Yeah hell yeah we're doing Swingin'."

It was pretty entertaining.


Jason said...

Not to be a dick but it's "Kevn"

Some of those Mule shows he talks about at the Theatre were epic. I remember standing next to him during the 9/22/99 while Mule along with Dr. Dan, Jimmy Herring, & John Scofield just absolutely ripped Coltrane's "Afro Blue" to pieces. Ah, what a great memory.

Lucid Idiocy said...

Yeah. I had it right in the small print and wrong in the headline. I'm dumb. Not leave out the "i" in Kevin dumb, but dumb.

At any rate, I changed it.

whatwhatsthescene said...

while reading this article, i couldn't help but wonder if kevn kinney's 22 year old daughter is cute?

Lucid Idiocy said...

And suddenly I realize I missed the story my readers wanted.