Sadler Vaden on stage with Drivin N Crayin
  • Todd Gray
  • Sadler Vaden on stage with Drivin’ N Crayin’

These days, Lowcountry native Sadler Vaden may be based in Nashville and keeping busy as the lead guitarist with Atlanta band Drivin’ N Cryin’, but he usually makes an effort to get back to Charleston for extra shows. Vaden and his backing combo — bassist Tim Nielsen (of Drivin’ N Cryin’), drummer Jack Burg, and guitarist Josh Kaler shared the stage with pop-rock/Americana songsmith Miles Nielsen (son of Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and a member of Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, no relation to Tim) at the Windjammer on Tues. June 26.

“I’m so excited to get back down there and play,” Vaden says. “Music City life is good. I’ve been writing a lot and I’m starting to get studio sessions. I’m also starting to build my own project, which should be putting a record out by this fall on Shrimp records. Drivin’ N Cryin’ have been busy recording with Paul Ebersold in Nashville, too.”

On Fri. June 29, Drivin’ N Cryin’ will headline Party at the Point at the Charleston Harbor Resort. Admission is $15. Local Americana-rock songwriter Luke Cunningham will open the show at 6 p.m. Drivin’ N Cryin’ recently released an EP titled Songs from the Laundromat featuring the single “R.E.M.” Three more EPs are on the way this year.

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Here’s a video interview we did with Vaden back in December.

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