Kevn Kinney is better known as the leader of drivin n cryin, a band that took a schizophrenic approach to their hard-rock and folk sound. As a solo artist, Kinney has always stayed in the folk vein. Kinney's latest, "The Flower and the Knife," is another subdued gem. The album was produced by Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes, who also contributed some mean slide licks to the proceedings. Joining them are Blues Traveler's John Popper, Sister Hazel's Ken Block and Allman Brothers Derek Trucks and Oteil Burbride.
Mixed within some fine new originals like "Dirty Angels" and the title track, Kinney reworks a couple of songs from the drivin n cryin back catalog and throws in two Dylan covers to boot. Ultimately, the record shows how Kinney's distinct voice and strong songwriting can shine brighter in this acoustic setting as he leaves the loud guitars and the hard-rock wailing behind.