Originally released in 1989, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’s third album Mystery Road is being reissued by Island Records in an expanded, deluxe edition on October 6th.
The double LP/single CD will feature the original album re-mastered, along with nine previously unreleased demos produced by R.E.M.’s Peter Buck (many of which didn’t make the album but were the basis for Kevn Kinney’s first solo album MacDougal Blues). The package will also feature essays by Buck and the band’s former manager Jim Barber.
“I’m so glad the demos are being heard here as a companion piece to the re-release of Mystery Road, but also as a companion piece to those of you who love my first solo record,” Kinney points out. “These two records live side by side. I encourage you to put them together in a playlist and hit shuffle. It’s so cool!”
One of Mystery Road’s most popular songs is “Straight to Hell,” a fan favorite and staple of Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ shows to this day. In fact, Darius Rucker has recorded his own version of the song for his upcoming new album When Was the Last Time, joined on the track by country superstars and Georgia natives Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. That album’s out Oct. 20th.