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Sol Driven Train a band in motion

staff report • Aug 12, 2011 at 4:15 AM

Sol Driven Train’s music absorbs the songwriting influences of Jon Prine, Paul Simon and Afro-Caribbean rhythmic explorations into honest songs of life, love and loss. The five-piece band, based in Charleston, S.C., features rotating lead vocalists and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings and percussion. Members share a musical history dating back to childhood, while their music and live shows are filled with a spirit of optimism and joy, even when they find themselves singing about suffering and death. Today, the band is made up of Joel Timmons, Russell Clarke, Rusty Cole, Wes Powers and Ward Buckheister. Sol Driven Train will perform at 7 p.m., today during Jonesborough’s Music on the Square at Courthouse Square in the heart of the town’s historic district. Sol Driven Train is a band in motion. Perpetually piling on and off the bus, the momentum of its hard work and heartfelt music propels the group in front of growing crowds across the country. Since the fall of 2005, Sol Driven Train has been touring full time, averaging 150 shows per year at festivals, theaters and bars. In the spring of 2010, the band celebrated their 1,000th live show and 10 years together as a band. The band has spent the last decade sharing stages and bills with a diverse array of artists, including Micheal Franti, Richie Havens, Keller Williams, Arlo Guthrie and Blues Traveler. Held each Friday evening May through September, Music on the Square features live performances by storytellers, poets, performance artists and local and regional bands playing a variety of bluegrass, Celtic, old-time Blues and jazz music. Main Street is blocked off to through traffic for these concerts, and plenty of parking can be found behind the Jonesborough Courthouse. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.musi conthesquare.com .Courtesy of Sol Driven Train

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