Coyotes and Cacti

Greetings from Colorado!
We sprinted halfway across the country, leaving Charleston in a rainstorm late Monday night, and arriving here outside Denver early Wednesday morning.  Thanks to John in Nashville for Tuesday’s breakfast.  The watermelon was delicious!  Since arriving in Colorado, Wes and I have listened to coyotes yipping in the distance, and I sat on a cactus.  Denver is the first stop in our Late Summer National Tour.  Check the schedule below for details about tour stops from Montana to Nantucket and down to Appalachia.

We’ll be wrapping up this tour at an outstanding musical festival.  The Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival takes place September 14-16 at the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, TN.  Along with such legends as Robert Earl Keen, Sam Bush Band, and Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the lineup features younger bands like Dr. Dog, Delta Spirit, Tift Merritt, Steep Canyon Rangers, and a strong representation from the Charleston music scene: Shovels and Rope, Megan Jean and the KFB, James Justin Burke and Co., and Sol Driven Train.  Tickets are still on sale for just $40 until August 31.  Visit bristolrhythm.com for full lineup and details about this amazing event.

After Bristol, we’ll head back to Charleston for a week off the road before our Fall Festival Tour begins.  While we’re home, we’re going to be a part of a special benefit concert for a friend of ours.  Local guitarist and vocalist Nick Collins was severely injured in a car accident on August 3rd. Through tremendous love, prayer and God’s grace, Nick and his family are experiencing a miracle.  Signs of recovery, stories of hope and a sense of peace are emerging, though his recovery will certainly be long and costly.  Awendaw Green has teamed up with a host of local bands for NAC Wins Awendaw Green, a fundraising concert for Nick on Sunday, September 23rd, including Sol Driven Train, Fowler’s Mustache, The Reckoning, Ten Toes Up, Danielle Howle with Firework Show, Killer Whales, Stained Glass Wall, Gracious Day, and A Fragile Tomorrow.  Food and drinks will be available for purchase at this all day event, and proceeds will go to a fund to help with Nick’s medical costs.

To donate to the “NAC Wins” fund to help with medical costs, visit:
http://www.gofundme.com/106bn0
To follow Nick’s story and receive updates about his recovery, visit:
http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/nickcollins
We’ll kick off our Fall Festival Tour in late September with a slew of festivals across the South:  The Sautee Jamboree, The Albino Skunk Festival, The Red River Revel, The Voice of the Wetlands Festival, and The Lake Eden Arts Festival.  Oh yeah, and Fantasy Fest at the Green Parrot in Key West.

Many folks have been asking about the progress of the new album, Underdog.  We are quite anxious to release it, but are taking our time to get the artwork and packaging just right.  After a busy September and October tour schedules, things will slow down for us for the rest of 2012.  It’s important to have a full tour schedule supporting the release of a new album, so we are going to wait until the beginning of 2013 to release Underdog.  Those of you that helped us out on kickstarter, we’ll send you your copy as soon as we get it!

We are planning Sol Driven Train’s Virgin Islands Tour 2013.  We’ll be playing shows on St. Thomas and St. John, January 15-28, 2013.  Stay tuned for specifics.  Interested in coming?  Email beachsidepromotions@gmail.com, and we’ll send you info about accomodation packages and activities while in da islands!

We couldn’t do this without y’all!

Joel, Ward, Russ, Rusty, and Wes

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