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Sol Driven Train

Sol Driven Train

Rock / Roots Music / Americana Charleston, SC  US
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  • Sun

    Apr 12

    Knoxville, TN, US | 12:00pm

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  • Tue

    Apr 14

    Charlottesville, VA, US | 5:00pm

    Sol Driven Train Combining wide varieties of American pop and folk music into their own brass-kickin' roots rock sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity. Their sound is soulful and rich like Southern food, and like the 6-piece bands hometown of Charleston, SC, their music is warm, approachable, rooted in history, and as diverse as youd expect from a port city with historical ties to the Caribbean Sea, West Africa, and Old Europe. The band members also share a deep musical history together that can be traced back to the middle school band room, where founding members Ward Buckheister (trombone, guitar, vocals), Russell Clarke (saxophone, vocals), and Joel Timmons (guitar, vocals) first jammed together. Their tight vocal harmonies and conversational horn lines reveal a musical rapport that has spanned decades. The bands youngest member, Ross Bogan, nimbly ties the SDT sound together with swirly organ and jazzy piano sparkling across the rock-soul orchestra. The rock solid drumming of Wes Powers and the fluid syncopations of bassist Matt Thompson lay a rhythmic foundation that gets the crowd dancing. When Sol Driven Train takes the stage, there is a palpable sense of brotherhood, mutual support, and creative independence.Night after night, in cities and towns across the country, Sol Driven Train has brought their unique sound and passionate live show to audiences large and small. Along the way, the band has performed alongside their musical heroes, sharing stages with greats such as Bruce Hornsby, Levon Helm, Michael Franti, Tab Benoit, and Blues Traveller. Fiercely independent, and instilled with a hard-working DIY ethos, the band has amassed a loyal following that is every bit as eclectic as the music they play. Fans funded the release of Underdog in 2012, and a preorder campaign is in progress for the upcoming release, DANCE!, due out March 17, 2015. This will be the bands 11th independent release, including two critically-acclaimed albums for children, a live concert DVD, a live album, six full-length studio albums, and the popular Watermelon EP. Stylistically, DANCE! bounces from reggae to jazz, and from folk rock to jam, and the band navigates the sharp turns with deft musicianship and sonic playfulness.Sol Driven Trains thoughts on their new record:2015 marks Sol Driven Trains 15th year together, and our upcoming album, DANCE!, reflects the fun-loving spirit and eclectic sound that our fans across the country have come to love. Recorded at Charleston Sound with producer Jeff Hodges, we used minimal overdubs and sought to capture the raw energy of a live performance in the pristine audio environment of the studio. The collection includes some older songs that have never been released, as well as new songs that were arranged collaboratively and performed for the first time in the studio. Old-school fans of the band will enjoy Joels contributions like Coconut Tree and Greyhound Station, written on a sailboat during an epic around-the-world trip in 2003-4. Gravity and Everest are songs of Wards that were attempted during the bands 2008 Lighthouse sessions. These songs werent included in that album, but with Wards 5 years of sobriety and the musical maturity of the current lineup, these live show standards have been given new life on the record. Crazy Dancer, Lobstamandaughta, and Big Easy Walk are danceable tunes reflecting Joels gratitude to the people and places that we have visited in our travels. DANCE! closes with a stripped down a capella number, Altitude, where all 6 members sing and play body percussion in a doo-wop style love song. We had a blast making this album, and we hope you will enjoy listening and dancing to it.-Joel, Ward, Russ, Ross, Wes, and MattIf you need to visualize the soul, think of it as a kind of train. Yes, a long, lonesome freight train rumbling from generation to generation on an eternally rainy morning: its boxcars are loaded with sighs and laughter, its hobos are angels, its engineer is the queen of spades and the queen is wild. Whoo-whoo! Hear that epiphanic whistle blow. The trains destination is the godhead, but it stops at the Big Bang, at the orgasm, and at the hole in the fence that the red fox sneaks through down behind the barn. Its simultaneously a local and an express, but it doesnt transport weaponry, and it certainly aint no milk run. -Tom Robbins, Villa Incognito

  • Wed

    Apr 15

    Washington, DC, US | 8:00pm
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  • Thu

    Apr 16

    New York, NY, US | 9:00pm
  • Fri

    Apr 17

    Brooklyn, NY, US | 8:00pm


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  • Maria DiDonato (Artist)
    Maria DiDonato
    Really cool on Watermelon.
  • Critical Thinking The Band ® (Artist)
    Critical Thinking The...
    I really enjoyed listening to your music. Sound fantastic. Great vocals and musicianship. Charleston, one of my most favorite cities, now I have one more reason to like ...
  • Suthurn Swaggur (Artist)
    Suthurn Swaggur
    What's up guys, just stopping by to show our continued support. Hope all is well and keep up the great work!
  • MykoMan (Artist)
    "Underdog" Sounds Great! Enjoying my listen here. Stop by anytime, take a listen and let me know what you think. ThanX Mykoman
  • The Artificial Red (Artist)
    The Artificial Red
    NICE SOUND fellas!! Underdog sounds really tight and GREAT!! Keep Rockin!!
  • Bill Wright (Artist)
    Bill Wright
    Enjoying "Watermelon." Cool stuff!!


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Sounds Like: Paul Simon, John Prine, Grateful Dead, The Avett Brothers, Ryan Montbleau

Label: Independent

Bio: Combining wide varieties of American pop and folk music into their own brass-kickin' roots rock sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity. Their sound is soulful and rich like Southern food, and like the 6-piece band’s hometown of Charleston, SC, their music is warm, appro...See Full Bio

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Q: Will you be coming back to Missoula anytime soon. Would love to attend one of your gigs again.

A: Unfortunately not. We are focusing on the East coast and Gulf coast at the moment. But don't forget us we will be back eventually. Check out the new album and thanks for the love.

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