Sol Driven Train goes tropical

Joel and Ward tell the tales and strum the tunes



Joel Timmons and Ward Buckheister get groovy at Arts Bar, 2011
Charleston rock ensemble Sol Driven Train recently completed a three-week tour of the U.S. Virgin Islands. It was their second annual winter tour of the Caribbean. The band performed clubs, villas, restaurants, and festivals.

City Paper ran into Sol Driven Train's singer/guitarist Joel Timmons and guitarist/trombonist Ward Buckheister at their Hit or Miss gig — a duo side project — at Art’s Bar & Grill last night (Feb. 2).

During the Hit or Miss set, Timmons switched between acoustic guitar, a pedal-mounted tambourine, and a cajon drum box, on which he delivered some rhythmic hand slaps and deep palm “dooms.” Buckheister plucked his Fender Tele, tapped a shallow bass drum, and blurted a wide range of notes on his trombone (see clips below).

During their set break, they told us things went well and all of the bandmates got along. They were able to play a lot of original music for a variety of receptive audiences. They caught a parade and carnival during the Crucian Christmas/Three Kings Day bacchanalia, surfed some big waves, and chased a few chickens. Audio from several of the shows are available online at their Facebook page.

The band leaves for Florida this week in their Firefly RV (sponsored by Firefly Distillery) for a trip all the way down to the Keys. The band's upcoming local gigs include a Belle Hall Elementary School fund-raiser at Lighthouse on the Creek (100 Church St. in Mt. Pleasant, next to Red’s Ice House) on Sat. Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., and a show at the Pour House on Fri. April 1. Visit for more.

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