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Sol Roots / Press

"The band pulls together funk, soul, blues and reggae elements...Sol uses his right hand fingers, not a pick, to get his bluesy, dirty-sweet solo lines, and he delivers the raw and tasteful in even helpings.... Good Party Music!

Tad Dickens - Press Review

“Sol's playing has been described as “musical glue," holding together many grooves and personalities. He has backed up legendary artists like Taj Mahal and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, opened for Robert Randolph, Wood Brothers, and has played with more obscure artists who have had unique perspectives and sounds. Though it all, he has learned many valuable lessons and is still able to hold on to the one thing that ties us all spiritually to one another — music.”

"Sol Roots band is a funk soul blues group. Sol is an outstanding soul singer and mesmerizing guitar player! Sol is backed by a rhythm section of legendary DC Allstars" - Jamily Productions

D Steele - Jamily Productions

“This North Carolina born musician started playing in rock and blues bands. He was directly influenced by blues legend Guitar Gabriel, and also listened to soul musicians such as Curtis Mayfield. Describing an artist as having a diverse style that covers several genres is a cliche, but it truly applies to Sol. Sometimes his sound is based in jazz. Sometimes it sounds like straight reggae. The one constant is his guitar.”

Jordan Edwards - Gazette

“Rough Catfish plants the listener firmly back in the barrens of the Mississippi Delta, as Sol howls like a man possessed. Think of Robert Johnson’s Crossroads fused w Hendrix’s Machine Gun. Tall comparison I know, but this song, with its wonderful use of mood, proves worthy of this distinction.”

J. Evan Wade - Home Grown Music Network

“Much respect to you, love your sound”

Blues Legend Bobby Parker

“Sol is an amazing talent! a guitarist/singer/songwriter and producer. His music makes you feel good- and that ain't bad! Sol puts into each song just what it needs. He can take a nod to the traditional and still be original and fresh.”

“One of the tightest bands I've heard this year (and I've listened to more than 400 this year alone)- MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!”

"Freedom is one of the top 15 albums for '08!"

Mister G (Funk Soul Music Director WHUS) - Green Arrow Radio

“When you hear Sol is around, go get a listen, it'll make your feet move and fill your spirit with joy”

Staff - Advance Tribune

“One of my favorite albums that I have EVER reviewed for Homegrown Music Network. Check Sol out... He's remarkable.”

"Sol plays with fire. His rhythm section is granite-solid and funky as all get out."

T. Dickens - Roanoke Times- Top Tickets

“Sol is an amazing musician and songwriter as they come--the real thing. You can feel and hear the joy when he does what he was obviously born to do, AND it will make you want to dance! It doesn't get much better than this....”

Jean Bayou - President of SAW (DC area)

“Very professional musicians. Sol consistently lays down seriously funky stuff and attracts a nice crowd everytime... a can't miss good investment”

J Martin - Club Owner- Virginia

“Sol definitely recognizes many of the traditions in blues, yet infuses these traditions with a modern vitality that is engaging and fun”

J. Evan Wade - Home Grown Music Network

“One young artist who is crossing that bridge [music of the youth vs. older traditional music] is Sol”

Karen Olson - Utne Reader

“Sol is known locally (in the D.C. area) and throughout the US as a beast on the guitar. Sol takes his blues, funk, reggae, rock and soul, along with an all-star cast (to all his shows).”

Vincent Brown - The Examiner

"Sol and his band have been creeping up on the music scene-down and dirty... These guys play music like they are giving you, yes YOU, a huge loving hug. It is personal and you can feel it. Are you ready to feel it? ”

Carleton - Plaisted Press

“Sol is excellent at morphing rock, blues, soul, and reggae, taking it all to a different level and contributing to the evolution of the styles”

Len Commaratta - WUVT Music Director

“You have to admire a blues/soul singer who is trying to sound like himself, instead of some old blues guy. ”

Tad Dickens - Press Review

"Ancient truths of the blues arrive in some new place, through some new voice, through some kid who is Sol”

Peter Cooper - Nashville TN

“Sol creates a unique blend of fiery rock, raw blues, reggae, and way back yonder funk, all delivered with deep soul, translating dusty musical roots into the present day with tasty original tunes and bluesy, greasy jams.”

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

“....on your second listen, you notice all the little things- sounds, taps, beautiful background vocals, awesome sax, flute, and keyboards- and begin to realize two master engineers put this CD together. They have woven a tapestry of music that will uplift and warm your soul.”

Staff - Advance Tribune

“A fierce guitarist and soulful singer...”

“If Blues is Blood then Sol bleeds Mississippi Delta water when cut!”

J Wilson - Roanoke Times

“Sol is an impressive guitar player! Sol has an assured, confident voice that matches well with the bravado of his guitar playing. "Freedom" proved to be quite a discovery for me, and something I'll be referring to my circle of friends.”

J. Evan Wade - Home Grown Music Network

“Sol has become a skilled guitarist, pianist, and bass player and is now diving headfirst into the recording industry- Utne Reader”

Staff - Online Review

“Sol is an exceptional guitarist & a wonderful spirit. Sol is a great musician/songwriter who constantly reinvents himself with an extraordinary ability to fit the perfect approach and composition.”

Fred Cannon - a Senior VP at BMI

"Sol lays down a heavy groove! Sol fluently tears out rock, blues, reggae, and jazz, delivered with deep soul.”

Tim Duffy - Music Maker President

“...The show also highlights the genius of Sol Roots, who has performed throughout the South fronting his own soul and rock bands, while performing with blues legends from Guitar Gabriel to Taj Mahal....”

“I saw Jimi Hendrix's Experience several times and met Hendrix as well. I saw Clapton's Cream. I was also fortunate to hear Segovia onstage. When Sol leads a band, he taps into mind-blowing memories of those three phenomena as nobody else has since then. Sol joyously toys with the guitar with that level of ingenious exuberance.”

Ron Goad - Most Supportive of Washington Music WAMMIE 2007-2009

"Freedom's title track displays the social consciousness that is at the heart of much roots music... In utilizing screaming guitar and silky lyrics, Freedom is an excellent, energetic album..."

J. Evan Wade - Home Grown Music Network

“Sol & Funk Root warmed up the crowd with a batch of uptempo funk numbers. Singer/guitarist Sol was biting as ever with his Telecaster work, dropping shards of chords as drummer “King” George Penn and bassist Jake Dempsey put down a deep-pocket groove. Special guest Janiah Allen, of Alliens, sat in on percussion, and percolated nicely. Penn’s mile-wide grin was set to automatic as he drove the band through the hot funk of “Sweet Sugah Mama” and the loping shuffle of “Stank.” Dempsey made liquid bass grooves spiced with fat thumping.”

“Sol puts the soul into his guitar...everytime! With a screaming blues-funk sound and tight rhythm section, you can't help but to move your feet!”

Kris Hodges - Floydfest founder/organizer Vintage Virginia Wine Fest, founder

“He’s toured the world with some of the biggest names in blues and funk, had his music featured in an American Express commercial with Tiger Woods, and recorded several well-reviewed albums. He’s the fiery guitarist known as Sol, and his influences span the country, and the globe.”

"Some excellent musicians may impress you, but very few have the gift to run their fingers up and down the fretboard in a manner that somehow causes you to smile, whether you wanted to or not"

Ron Goad - Most Supportive of Washington Music WAMMIE 2007-2009