Straight to Hell (Drivin N Cryin song)

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"Straight to Hell"
Song by Drivin N Cryin
from the album Mystery Road
GenreSouthern rock
Songwriter(s)Kevn Kinney
Producer(s)Scott McPherson, Kevn Kinney, Tim Nielsen

"Straight to Hell" is a song by American southern rock band Drivin N Cryin. It is the tenth track on their 1989 album Mystery Road. In 2014, a cover version appeared as the last track on the album Chelene, an Archer (2009 TV series) tie-in sung by Jessy Lynn Martens as fictional character Cheryl Tunt. In 2018, American country music singer Darius Rucker released a cover version as the third single from his album When Was the Last Time.


Writer and band member Kevn Kinney said of the song, "It's just about a latchkey kid whose mother is dating and they have different rules. It's got a little bit of 'Romeo and Juliet' to it, but it's mostly about my sister's life, but it's also about everybody's life, that's why I think people identify so much with it."[1]

Darius Rucker version[edit]

"Straight to Hell"
Single by Darius Rucker featuring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Charles Kelley
from the album When Was the Last Time
ReleasedJune 25, 2018 (2018-06-25)
FormatDigital download
Length5:35 (full version)
4:13 (radio edit)
LabelCapitol Nashville
Songwriter(s)Kevn Kinney
Producer(s)Ross Copperman
Darius Rucker singles chronology
"For the First Time"
"Straight to Hell"

In 2017, Darius Rucker recorded the song for his album When Was the Last Time. Rucker's version features guest vocals from Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Lady Antebellum co-lead vocalist Charles Kelley.

Rucker said that he chose to record the song because he had noticed the positive reaction it got when he first began his musical career and sang the song in bars. He was encouraged to record it after Kelley called Rucker, suggesting that he record the song and include Kelley on guest vocals.[2] Rucker's version features a softer and more country music-influenced arrangement than the original version.[3]


Chart (2018) Peak
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[4] 40


  1. ^ Wake, Matt. Drivin N Cryin singer Kevn Kinney, before solo Huntsville show, tells stories behind 10 of his greatest songs. August 29, 2014. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Stecker, Liv. "Darius Rucker Is Going 'Straight to Hell' With Famous Friends on New Album". The Boot. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Whitaker, Sterling. "Hear Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean + Charles Kelly Go 'Straight to Hell'". Taste of Country. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Darius Rucker Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.