Take A Leap of Love Tonight at The Charleston Pour House
Written By Miranda Steadman
Come welcome Nashville based band, Lover’s Leap, to The Charleston Pour House this Thursday, March 14. Local badass bluegrass gals, Marshgrass Mamas, will join Lover’s Leap inside.
Catch the Hungry Monks before outside on the revamped deck stage. Lovers Leap guitarist and vocalist Joel Timmons admits that the band is, “So excited to be back with our Charleston musical family… It’ll be a family reunion of sorts.”
Joel tips his hat to Hazel Ketchum of The Hungry Monks for encouraging the creation of Timmon’s first band The Groundhogs. Hazel mentored the local band, who played their first gig on Ground Hog Day at Barnes & Noble. Growing up in Charleston, Joel began playing the guitar when he was 12 years old. Inspired by his mother, who played classical guitar while Timmons was growing up, Joel now plays with the local band Sol Driven Train. SDT will celebrate their 20th Anniversary next year. With Sol Driven Train, Timmons has played with greats like Levon Helm, Bruce Hornsby and Michael Franti. This year, Sol Slam Mountain Jam kicks off Labor Day in Erwin, Tennessee. Sol Driven Train will grace the stage in addition to other well-loved bands like Dangermuffin, The Reckoning and Yarn.
Growing up in Wyoming with a father who played banjo and a brother who strummed the mandolin, Shelby Means’ musical roots run deep. Family trips included attending fiddle contests. “Bluegrass is in her blood,” Joel explained. The two met when Joel moved to Nashville four years ago to play music and formed the duo Sally & George. Shelby, who plays upright bass, guitar and sings with Lovers Leap, has been nominated for a Grammy with the band Della Mae, who has shared the stage with folk musicians like Willie Nelson and The Avett Brothers.
The other power match making up Lovers Leap is Mary Lucey and Billy Cardine. Mary rocks the bass, banjo, and sings with the band, in addition to working as an ER nurse at Mission Hospital. Mary Lucey has performed with bands such as The Biscuit Burners and Uncle Earl. Her other half, Billy Cardine, is a founding member of the The Biscuit Burners and presently plays with Acoustic Syndicate, North of Too Far Downs and Rapidgrass. A pioneer of the slide guitar, Cardine has performed with Edgar Meyer, Debashish Bhattacharya and Jerry Douglas.
Traveling from Johnson City, Lovers Leap will head up to Charlotte from here and continue jamming throughout the Southeast, with shows in Knoxville, Nashville, Atlanta and Greenville. This summer, the band will be goin’ out west to Colorado before they fly east to the French Alps, where they will play at a music festival in La Roche. Lovers Leap will also teach at a camp while there. A true Charleston boy at heart, Joel hopes to catch some waves on Folly before leaving his hometown. Mary and Billy also enjoy the sport. Joel recalls a time when the band was in Bali traveling to Australia and they met local musicians who knew folk artists such as John Denver and Willie Nelson, despite living on the other side of the planet. This special time proves that wherever you come from, music is the universal language.