After more than three decades together, 38 Special is still playing more than 100 shows per year. And at every one of them, thousands of audience members are completely blindsided by the power and muscle of the band’s performance. “When we come out, people are like, ‘Whoa! It’s like a freight train rolling over them…'” says vocalist/guitarist Don Barnes. While most associate the group with its arena-rock ’80s pop smashes, these days the band’s harder edge is what is immediately noticeable. Barnes says it’s all about maintaining the intensity that they deliver in their live shows.