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Sol Driven Train is a great local band that features a sound that falls somewhere between Jimmy Buffett and Phish. There is a definite island vibe running throughout its music, but the horn section provided by saxophonist Russell Clarke and trombonist Ward Buckheister packs a ska/funk punch that makes the band something more than just a boat drink combo. - Post and Courier 15 Sept 2005


One of the best local gigs going these days happens every Sunday night at
Oceansong Café on the IOP with acoustic reggae-roots rockers Sol Driven Train.
- Charleston’s Free Times


Just as their sound has evolved into the brass heavy and world beat rhythms they
now emit, Sol Driven Train is ready to take their music to the next level of national exposure. If so, they surely deserve all the success but will likely again be missed until their anticipated return (to Charleston, SC).
- Moultrie News


Members of the local band Sol Driven Train have taken the time tested practice of creating an original homemade backyard game to the next level. While every bored kid in the summertime has come up with their own version of a way to pass the time, these six Wando High graduates ranging in age from 21 to 25, are trying to start a revolution with WOLF (wiffle-golf).
“It’s the greatest game ever invented,” proclaims Phill Eason, the group’s drummer and resident of the big blue house sitting at the end of a dirt pathway off Clement’s Ferry Rd. where four of the six guys live and play what they hope will become a craze in the area. A mixture of golf and putt-putt, the game is played with a Wiffle golf ball hit with a pitching wedge. Instead of trying to reach a cup, the goal is simply hit a target, which includes mostly empty beer keg shells, but also an old toilet, an oyster bed, and a satellite dish.
They created the game about a year ago when a couple of the friends were hitting golf balls around in their wildly grown yard and came upon a wiffle golf ball. Initially just aiming for a flag they had hoisted, they decided to expand the scope of the game and have since then explored their roughly five-acre plot to create a full 18-hole course.
- Moultrie News


Last week, Charleston workhorses Sol Driven Train celebrated the official release of their first live album, a double length, 14-song collection titled "Live on the Outer Banks." It's their fourth and probably their strongest, most accurate effort yet. Recorded in front of a lively audience last November at the Outer Banks Brewing Station, the album shuffles from style to style-- reggae, soul, funk-rock, melodic modern rock. It captures the band's strongest elements: tight horn arrangements (sax man Russell Clarke and trombonist/guitarist Ward Buckheister sound like well seasoned veterans) and complex, unforced vocal harmonies. Drummer Phil Eason's crisp accents and tasteful cymbal work tie in perfectly with (new) bassist Rusty Cole's precise bass licks and lines. It's easy to compare all the grooviness to the Dave Matthews Band, which many locals do. But the DMB, with all their superflous solos and fills and over-the-top vocal shenanigans, could listen and learn from this disk.
--T. Ballard Lesemann
January 24, 2007 - Charleston City Paper


Charleston's Sol Driven Train work from a blend of classic rock, acoustic pop-folk, and vintage reggae.They recently performed on three different stages at the LEAF Festival in N.C. "I heard more people talking about Sol Driven Train than any other band at LEAF,"says City Paper writer Stratton Lawrence. "They played three shows, and the third was in the dance hall while dinner was being served. Folks could barely get to the buffet line with all the people crowding in to here them. Hopefully, they'll keep rolling on the energy they built at LEAF." The "Second Annual Pre-Halloween Oyster Roast" at The Barrier Island Surf Shop has local acoustic combo The V-Tones (doing their "Spookulele set at 8:00p.m.), while SDT hit the stage at 9:00p.m. (the $10:00 cover includes oysters and brew). The band continues on Sat. Oct 28 with a full night at the Windjammer. On Sun Oct. 29 they play the Pour House. On Tues. Oct. 31, they play the Mellow Mushroom for the "Hollywood Halloween" gig.
TBL Charleston City Paper - Charleston City Paper T. Ballard Lesseman


The guys in local ensemble Sol Driven Train are well-known among fans for their musical versatility. But local fans can be forgiven if they didn't expect them to release a kid's sing-a-long album titled Tajar Tracks last fall. Most of the members of the Charleston root-groove band spent the summer working with a few dozen children at Gwynn Valley Camp in Brevard, N.C. During their stay, they recorded a top-quality collection of original, upbeat, family-friendly tunes featuring vocal performances from camp kids as well as piano work from longtime camp staffer Debbie Debord.-T. Ballard Lesemann - Charleston City Paper


Discography

"Lighthouse"-April 2008
"Live on the Outer Banks"-January 2007
"Tajar Tracks" - Dec. 2005
"Churning Burlward" - 2003
"Sol Driven Train" - 2001

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Sol Driven Train is a 5-headed musical monster emerging from the swampy South Carolina Lowcountry. Generally seen at night in clubs and bars around the Southeast, it can be identified by its distinctive call: a blend of fiery world-beat, southern funk, and melodic rock. Listeners Beware!! Several researchers attempting to study the Train have succumb to its hypnotic call and found themselves twitching and gesticulating uncontrollably on the dance floor. Reports of punchy horns, three part vocal harmonies, and a slamming rhythm section are common. Often mistaken in the field for the genus Jamus bandus, the careful observer will note an emphasis on songs and lyrical message that separates Sol Driven Train from the herd. Though phylogeny is still unclear at this time, some have suggested evolutionary descent from groups such as Paul Simon, Little Feat, The Band, Buena Vista Social Club, Stevie Wonder, and Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Sol Driven Train was first sighted in 2000 on Folly Beach, though its members have a musical history dating back to middle school band. The lineup consists of Russell Clarke on saxophone and vocals; Ward Buckheister on trombone, guitar, and vocals; Joel Timmons on guitar and vocals; Rusty Cole on bass; Phill Eason on drums, keys, and vocals. All of the band’s members contribute to the songwriting, with Russell, Ward, and Joel sharing the majority of the lead vocals. The constantly shifting lead role along with the band’s multi-instrumental talent, make live shows an exciting, eclectic experience. The joy of childhood friends writing and performing music together is apparent and quite contagious when Sol Driven Train takes the stage.
Some of the band’s extensive original repertoire is featured on three studio recordings. The self-titled debut album was released in 2001, followed by Churning Burlward in 2003. Tajar Tracks, a children’s album recorded with pianist Debbie Debord at Camp Gwynn Valley in Brevard, NC was released in December 2005. With the release of Tajar Tracks, the band has broken out of the bar band niche and into the children's market, performing their interactive and educational kids show at parties, festivals, community centers, and schools. Sol Driven Train has performed at a wide variety of venues: festivals, horseshoe tournaments, summer camps, dive bars and theatres from Georgia to Upstate NY and as far west as Indiana. They have played shows with diverse artists such as Blueground Undergrass, The Samples, The Blue Dogs, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Billy Jonas, Ryan Montbleau, and Chubby Carrier.
In the fall of 2005, Sol Driven Train made the commitment to become a full-time band, and has been touring rigorously since. This is a truly “indie” band, with band members handling all management, booking, and promotions responsibilities. With the formation of Sol Driven Train, llc., a 5,000+ mile tour through the Northeast and Midwest, an appearance at the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mt., and over 200 live shows, 2006 has been a year of exciting growth for the band. Playing 3-6 nights per week around the southeast, Sol Driven Train is establishing itself as one of the region’s hardest working and most promising up-and-coming acts. "Prepare to be devoured by the beast." - ENCORE Magazine, Wilmington, NC