Sol Driven Train will perform at 9 p.m. Sept. 4 at Kimball's Pub, 972 Second St. The band formed in Charleston, S.C., in 2000, after a few friends began jamming in college dorm rooms and then decided to form a band and play parties and bars. Sol Driven Train describes their sound as diverse, eclectic, American roots music, with musical influences such as The Band, The Allman Brothers, Paul Simon and John Prine.
Sol Driven Train is Joel Timmons, vocals, guitar, percussion and banjo; Ward Buckheister, vocals, trombone and guitar; Russell Clarke, vocals and saxophone; Rusty Cole, vocals and bass; and Wes Powers, drums.
JULIE REPPERT: It was said that Kimball's is one of the band's favorite places to play. What is it about Kimball's that the band likes so much?
JOEL TIMMONS: The raw, rowdy energy from the crowd is always fun. And the food!
JR: The band has been together for more than a decade. What keeps you together and motivated to continue playing music?
JT: A combination of stubbornness and joyfulness. Like any relationship, we have to communicate and work on growing together.
JR: Has the sound of your music changed or evolved at all over the years?
JT: I think so. We've broadened our musical scope from the reggae-jam-funk sound of our early years to a more New Orleans-style musical gumbo.
JR: How often are you on tour and what are tours like for the band?
JT: One-hundred and 50 shows a year. Touring is a wonderful chance to meet people and see some beautiful corners of our country. Being on stage with my friends is fun. The work is getting from stage to stage and being away from home.
JR: Who are some artists the band has played or toured with?
JT: Tab Benoit, Eric Lindell, Yarn.
JR: Do you have any crazy or interesting touring or show stories you would like to share?
For more information about Sol Driven Train, visit soldriventrain.com.