When: Fri., June 29 2012
Georgia rock vets Drivin’ N Cryin’ — led by singer/songwriter Kevn Kinney and bassist Tin Nielsen — pull into town for a headlining set at this week’s Party at the Point, and Lowcountry native Sadler Vaden will be fired up for the show. Currently based in Nashville, Vaden keeps busy as the lead guitarist with D’N’C’, but he regularly makes an effort to get back to Charleston for extra shows. This week, Vaden visits Awendaw Green for a Barn Jam set on Wed. June 27 and joins his bandmates at the Charleston Harbor Resort stage on Fri. June 29. Local Americana-rock songwriter Luke Cunningham will open the PATP show at 6 p.m., and he’ll also headline his own show at the official “Drivin’ N Cryin’ After-Party” at the Mt. Pleasant Wild Wing at 10 p.m. that night. Vaden says that members of Gaslight Street will anchor the “Unofficial Drivin’ N Cryin’ After-Party” on Friday night at Art’s Bar & Grill with a brief guest appearance from him and a few of his bandmates. “I’m so excited to get back down there and play,” Vaden says. “Music City life is good. I’ve been writing a lot and I’m starting to get studio sessions. I’m also starting to build my own project, which should be putting a record out by this fall on Shrimp Records. Drivin’ N Cryin’ have been busy recording with Paul Ebersold in Nashville, too.” The band recently released an EP titled Songs from the Laundromat featuring the single “R.E.M.” Three more EPs are on the way this year.
T. Ballard Lesemann