Drivin N' Cryin's Kevn Kinney is currently in the midst of recording and
mixing his third solo album, tentatively titled The Flower and the Knife,
and it's shaping up to be quite a star-studded affair.
For starters, Kinney enlists Blues Traveler frontman John Popper on
harmonica for an acoustic version of Drivin N' Cryin's "Scarred But
Smarter," a standout track and live staple from their 1986 Island Records
debut. Also on board is Sister Hazel lead singer Ken Block, who duets
with Kinney on a tune called "Dirty Angels."
Edwin McCain, whose "I'll Be" can't be forced off the radio, joins
Kinney on three of the album's tracks: a cover of Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be
Released" as well as a song titled "Trail of Seasons" and another old
Drivin N' Cryin tune, "Straight to Hell," from 1989's Mystery Road.
Also joining McCain on those three songs is Gov't Mule ringleader
Warren Haynes, who is also producing Knife. Another Dylan cover, "Ballad
of Hollis Brown," also gets reworked by Kinney for the album. Other
guests on the album include Derek Trucks and ex-Aquarium Rescue Unit
guitarist Jimmy Herring.
Knife was recorded at Water Music in Hoboken, N.J., and is the
follow-up to Kinney's 1994 Mammoth Records release, Down Out Law. The
all-acoustic album will be released on Evil Teen Records in late