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Sol Driven Train / Press

“Charleston-based groove-rock ensemble Sol Driven Train is too flexible to accurately define with one tidy musical phrase. The group can go from jamming on an Afro-Caribbean rhythm to getting wacky with a James Brown funk beat or rocking out on a monster riff with ease. It can play it straight with twangy roots-rock or explore world-beat styles like a Paul Simon backing band.”

"Port-town sound—a blend of Southern roots music, New Orleans brass and Afro-Caribbean rhythm.” The group released their Watermelon EP this past summer, which Timmons says touches on “sweet summer love” and is “a bit lighter thematically” than the heavy themes of illness, recovery and hope on 2008’s Lighthouse or the themes of loss, life and love on 2010’s Believe. Following a busy fall and winter tour, Sol Driven Train will put out another full-length in 2013.

“The Charleston stalwarts have been exciting Lowcountry fans with their funky blend of horn-driven reggae, rock and Americana for more than a decade. Still, many here don't realize the band's popularity across the nation. The five-piece ensemble relentlessly tours from Colorado to the northeast and back home, building faithful audiences in towns and cities across America.”

“Charleston band Sol Driven Train's new EP Watermelon is like those Valentine's Day chocolate samplers: The five songs have no thematic or stylistic connection, but the diversity shows off the group's versatility. Each track represents a direction Sol Driven Train could easily go if they felt the need to narrow themselves to just the strawberry-cream-filled chocolate or that weird nougaty one.”

““Watermelon.” Beginning with a nice, easy groove nestled in a subtle funkiness - that gets you doing that involuntary little head-bob thing - it lets you know before you hear verse one, this is a song you’re gonna like. The austere, compact spectrum of instrumentation perfectly complements the very tasty vocals, as the tune begins a sojourn that culminates with a rap-scented changeup to close it out.”

“And of course, to throw you completely off kilter, the final track “For Old Time’s Sake” immediately conjures up tradtional churchy blues and hymnal charts. Great simplicity wrapped in austere vocal harmonies that just sound so much bigger than they are, with a mixture of N’awlins tribute and Southern Baptist blues in a ballet of horns and piano riffs. A nice, slow, reflective ending to a really eclectic musical ride, perhaps it helps to be a native of the lowcountry, or the Palmetto State, or the Old South. Or maybe it’s just great music. Yeah, that’s probably it. And after all ... it would explain all these black seeds and green rinds laying around my stereo in a pool of sticky, sweet musical refreshment.”

Brian M. Howle - Myrtle Beach Coast

“With "Live at the Windjammer," Sol Driven Train succeeds at capturing their personality and projecting it onto a screen. It's an intimate look at what it's like to see them live. But, like a good concert film should, it also leaves the viewer anxious to check their tour dates”

“Believe is a snapshot of the ever changing life and sound of Sol Driven Train. The album spans the gap from comedy to tragedy with a track sure to capture the imagination of any listener.”

“Sol Driven Train knows that to consistently draw a crowd to your live show, you've got to be fun. On "Live at the Windjammer -- April 11, 2009," the band's new DVD, they're clearly having a blast”

“The five-track Watermelon will be released on July 4 - an independent record for Independence Day - and the venerable Lowcountry jam band is already a few sessions into recording its next full-length album. Meanwhile, 2010's Believe was fans choice for Home Grown Music Network's Album of the Year.”

“Few, if any, Charleston rock bands have traveled a more adventure-filled path than Sol Driven Train over the last few years. They've survived multiple national tours, financial rough spots, a bout with Gillaine-Barré Syndrome, intense studio sessions, and amicable lineup changes”

“It's always a pleasure when Charleston's favorite funksters make a southward swing. The Sol brothers recently celebrated 10 years together by recording Watermelon, a "summer EP" of its trademark posi-groove, sinewy guitar-based, uptempo reggae-tinged rock. With snaky boogaloo horns!”

“If you're ready for something different after the singer-songwriters that have taken the stage recently, this band has you covered with their unique mix of Southern rock, world music and spicy horns.”

“Sol Driven Train's latest studio album is notable for three reasons. It celebrates the arrival of drummer Wes Powers, a skillful musician with taste and chops. It sounds fuller, crisper, and cleaner than anything they've released before. And it's the band's most musically schizophrenic collection of its 10-year career.”

“How to Tour 101- Wild Abandon Touring Since it’s inception, the guys in Sol Driven Train have traveled constantly and consistently, only taking 4-6 weeks off a year. Because they have traveled extensively for so long, there is nary a niche in the country that doesn’t know of them.”

“The Charleston, S.C., five-top broadcasts a unique twist on Southern rock jam. With punchy horns and fluid guitar, the SD Train had the whole house shimmying”

“Sol Driven Train kicks off ShineFest! SDT brings a feeling of closeness to the audience, starting every show with a sports team style, all-hands-in moment. They exude that feeling throughout their show by joking with the crowd and encouraging dancing.”

"They See the Light: Anything is possible for Sol Driven Train" Charleston's unorthodox Sol Driven Train dedicate themselves to an unusually healthy and consistent do-it-yourself work ethic — on the stage and in the studio. With a strong allegiance to musical versatility, the technically proficient and open-eared quintet are a difficult group to define.

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