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Drivin' N Cryin'

Scarred But Smarter (Life N Times of Drivin’ N Cryin’) DVD (2016 Edition)

Review by Gary Hill

This is a brand new release from Drivin' N Cryin' on the one hand. The other way to look at it, though, is that this is the same as a previously released DVD with a different cover. Since I reviewed that one, and the content here is the same, I'm using the review of that one here. So, what follows is that original review.

You have to admire the passion and commitment involved here. Eric Von Haessler started this film as a journey to discover what had happened to his favorite band, Drivin’ N Cryin’. The result is this DVD. It should be noted that he essentially learned the craft along the way, and turned out a solid documentary in the process. This DVD tells the tale of a band the never got the credit they deserved. Drivin’ N Cryin’ in some ways shared ground with Von Haessler in the way that it was more about creating the music than making good business decisions. That sort of commitment ultimately cost them in terms of mainstream success, but ultimately earned them a devoted following. If you’ve never heard this group, or if you have, this documentary is well worth checking out on many levels.
This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2016  Volume 6 at
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