Sol Driven Train
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Similar to: The Marshall Tucker Band, Warren Haynes, Pure Prairie League
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Tab Benoit makes his home near New Orleans in Houma, Louisiana. Born November 17, 1967, he’s one of a handful of bright rising stars on the modern blues scene. For most of the 1990’s and into the 2000’s he’s worked each of his records the old-fashioned way, by playing anywhere and everywhere he and his band can play. Unlike so many others before him, Benoit understands that blues is not a medium in favor with 50,0000-watt commercial rock radio stations, so as a consequence, he’s combined each of his releases with as many shows as he can possibly play. Since the release of his first album, Nice and Warm, Benoit has taken his brand of Cajun-influenced blues all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe. This album prompted some critics to say that he was sometimes reminiscent of three blues guitar gods: Albert King, Albert Collins, and Jimi Hendrix. Medicine, Benoit’s seventh solo release on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. Released in 2011, the 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne.
Sol Driven Train
Sol Driven Train’s music weaves through genres like images in a Tom Robbins paragraph. The band’s sonic schizophrenia absorbs songwriting influences like John Prine and Paul Simon, afrocaribbean rhythmic explorations, and funky New Orleans-style brass into earnest songs of life, love, loss, and long johns. The versatile 5-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists, and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings, and percussion. Combining rich varieties of American pop and folk music into their own port-town sound, Sol Driven Train has carved out a unique musical identity within the burgeoning roots music scene.