Fascinating song comes from the Raleigh roots band’s forthcoming album.
By Blurt Staff
In the late ‘90s, the Raleigh, North Carolina-based quartet 6 String stood out as pioneers of the nascent alt-country movement. Their Steve Earle-produced LP, High Hat (released on Earle’s E-Squared label), remains an undisputed classic of its era — and it remains a favorite of ours here at Blurt Central.
Last year founding members Kenny Roby, Rob Keller, Ray Duffey and Scotty Miller reunited for a series of shows—including a special one here in Raleigh for the 40th anniversary party of our sister business Schoolkids Records—and additionally oversaw the release of a couple of limited edition archival CDs, High Hat and The Jag Sessions: Rare & Unreleased 1996-1998. Now they are set to release Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll, the band’s first studio album in over 17 years. We are totally stoked to be able to premiere a track from the album, “I Miss the Drive In.” Check it out:
Roby commented on the tune, saying, “It’s a song about a guy pining for a simpler time. When troubles were different. The trouble of youth. The trouble of sex. The trouble of a dripping windshield. Before he had the daily grind of work and a real relationship and long term responsibility. And before the answers were all on the internet.”
The 11 new songs are a celebration of the long lost art of old school rock ‘n’ roll. But while rooted in things we all know and love, it’s freshly non-retro, retaining the uncompromising songcraft and raw energy that first put 6 String Drag on the map. Roots Rock ‘N’ Roll is available February 10 on LP, CD and digital formats from Royal Potato Family. The band will be playing a special album release party in Raleigh on Feb. 20 – head over to their Facebook page for more details.