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Lenny Solomon / Bio

Lenny Solomon's style has been compared to early Dylan, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. In the 1970s Solomon was fixture at the Idler Coffeehouse in Harvard Square, Cambridge, where he performed for over eight years. The Idler was a training ground for such luminaries as Geoff Bartley, Paul Rishell, Spider John Koerner, and Ric Ocasek. He shared bills with performers such as Chris Smither, Carolyn Hester, Bonnie Raitt, and Spider John. From 1980 through the mid-1990s Solomon wrote songs but rarely performed in public, raising a family while working in environmental research at Harvard University. In 1997 Solomon got back into live performing and formed his folk/country band. Band members now include Bill Gibbs on guitars and backup vocals and Don Barry on standup bass and harmony vocals. Performing original material, Solomon has released four CDs, three of which, Not Life Threatening, Armando's Pie, and Maybe Today are available from his website, www.solomonband.com. Released in 2002, Not Life Threatening received rave reviews. Soundbyte Magazine said, "I'm taken back to another time and place. The music of Lenny Solomon harks back to a time so long ago that country music was still called folk, or western, or perhaps hillbilly. It’s old-time music that manages somehow to not be old-timey, generating instead a timeless quality. Lenny Solomon’'s vocals remind me most of John Prine, as does his writing, but there are also elements of the old country and western singers like Merle Travis, Stonewall Jackson, Roy Acuff or Doc Watson." In 2004 Solomon released Armando's Pie. This fourteen-song album consisted of original songs written between 2002 and 2004. To date, various cuts have been aired on over 130 radio stations. Solomon’s last album, Maybe Today was released in 2007. In a review by Holly Moors in The Netherlands she states “The man writes lovely, touching and beautiful songs that stay with me. That new album (Maybe Today) has become his best so far.”

General Info

Band Members
Lenny Solomon - Songwriter/Vocals/Guitar/Harmonica
Artist Name
Lenny Solomon
Home Page
Folk / Country / Acoustic / Blues

Contact Info

Cambridge, MA

Similar Artists

  • Bob Dylan
  • John Prine
  • Guy Clark
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