SOL BUSY TRAIN
This week, local groove-rock combo Sol Driven Train returns from a road trip to Ohio and Kentucky with their newly-enlisted drummer Wes Powers, a Nashville-based musician who’s been gigging with the band on the road over the summer and fall. On Wed. Nov. 12, singer/guitarists Joel Timmons and Ward Buckheister perform their nearly-weekly duo gig at Art’s Bar & Grill (413 Coleman Blvd., 843-849-3040) under the name Hit & Miss with special guest and former bandmate Davis Buckheister on bass and tuba. The full band (with original drummer Phill Eason) performs two sets at Art’s on Sat. Nov. 22. The band is set to release a collection of tunes titled Tajar Tracks II — a follow-up to the new 10-song collection Lighthouse. The Train recorded their first Tajar Tracks collection while working with a few dozen teenagers at Camp Gwynn Valley in Brevard, N.C. over the summer of 2005. The new disc will include a number of original, family-friendly tunes featuring vocal performances from camp kids, guest Charleston musicians, and piano work from longtime camp staffer Debbie Debord. Visit www.soldriventrain.com for more.
THE LONG RUN
This news came as a major announcement from the North Charleston Coliseum folks last week: veteran classic rock band The Eagles are set to perform a concert at the venue on Fri. Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. Guitarist/singer Glenn Frey and drummer/singer Don Henley (two original members of the band) join with guitarist/singer Joe Walsh and bassist/singer Timothy B. Schmit (two longtime members of the band) to perform current hits from their recent number one album Long Road Out of Eden as well as many of their classic songs. The last Eagles show in S.C. was at the Hard Rock Park in Myrtle Beach in June. Tickets go on sale on Fri. Nov. 21 via the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (843) 554-6060, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.eaglesband.com and www.coliseumpac.com for more.
MAMA’S BLUES REVIVAL
Known best for booking underground metal, punk, and alternative bands, the Oasis Bar & Grill (788 Folly Road, 843-225-2522) switches gears this weekend when they host a local blues showcase featuring the folks behind the much-missed Mama’s Blues Palace venue, which closed in 2004. Singer/bassist Jojo Wall and his current band, The Voodoo Junkies, are set to co-headline with vocalist Rhonda “Mama” Wall, husband/guitarist Jimmy “Poppa Dupree” Wall, and blues-rock combo Tommy Thunderfoot & The Accelerators. “I am proud to announce that Mama will make a triumphant comeback at the Oasis,” says Jojo. “During that time [at the Blues Palace], Mama gained a devoted following and the Charleston music scene was alive and vibrant.” Music starts at 9 p.m. Cover is five bucks. Visit www.myspace.com/oasis29412 for more.
MITCH MITCHELL: R.I.P.
Sad news: the last surviving member of the Experience passed away. The wonderfully fluid and powerful rock drummer Mitch Mitchell — an influential musician known best as an original member Jimi Hendrix’s power trio — was found dead in a Portland hotel on Wed. Nov. 12. The medical examiner’s office said the 61-year-old likely died of natural causes. He had been playing with the Experience Hendrix tour in recent weeks. Mitchell was with the Experience from 1966-69, and played a bit with the Band of Gypsies and a re-formed Experience in 1970. Hendrix died in 1970. Bassist Noel Redding died in 2003. The band’s 1967 debut Are You Experienced included “Fire,” “Third Stone from the Sun,” “Hey Joe,” “Foxey Lady,” and “Manic Depression.” Mitchell was only 20 years old when he recorded that album. There’s a great page to check out with photos, audio, and video at Drummerworld.com.
‘JAZ’ AT FISH
Turntablist and John Zahl — a.k.a. DJ JAZ — “brings the spin” to Fish (442 King St., 843-722-FISH) on Fridays at 10 p.m. Zahl, a co-founder of the Beard Science label (and an Episcopal minister), recently relocated to Charleston from New York. His mostly retro collection of vinyl pulls from “early electronica, disco, post-punk, ’80s, and classic rock — plus a heavy dose of irony and a pinch of sleaze.” He has a weekly web radio show called The Weejun Hour, which can be heard at Viva-Radio.com and streaming through American Apparel stores. Visit jaz-land.blogspot.com and www.fishrestaurant.net for more.
HOOTIE AT CMA’s 2008
Darius Rucker, lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, performed a rendition of “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” — a tune from his recent number one album, Learn to Live (Capitol/Nashville) — at the 42nd annual CMA Awards on Wed. Nov. 12 He was among the ranks of some of country music’s biggest stars. Rucker headlines a solo concert at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on Fri. Dec. 5. Check www.cmt.com and www.dariusrucker.com for more. —T. Ballard Lesemann