LIVE REVIEW- The Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse, Byfield MA, 12/12/15
Lenny Solomon is up on the big stage next with the accompaniment of Andy Hollinger (lead guitar/ mandolin) and Don Barry (double bass). Lenny wears the classic country performer look well. HeÕs dressed in blue with long white hair and matching chin beard, topped off with a cowboy hat and a turquoise belt buckle. The trio does songs about Robert Frost, fracking, a rockabilly singer, drinking the blues, a catÉ and my favorite of the night, Ó The Ballad of Little Squirrel,Ó that is set up perfectly with a story. On August 27, 2013, Lenny was walking his dog when saw a baby squirrel on the ground looking pretty dead. He scooped him up and set him on a picnic table, left him there and decided he go back to check on him the next day after breakfast. When he returned he saw that the little guy made it though the night, so Lenny took him in as a pet and gave him a small bird cage to live in while he recovered. The squirrel grew in strength, graduated to an aquarium home, and became a good friend. When the squirrel was healthy enough, Lenny set him free. And to this day the fuzzy-tailed rodent comes back to visit almost every other day. The song is as wonderful as the story. It made my night.

(Tee Max The Noise Boston January 2016)

LENNY SOLOMON Under My Hat 15 tracks
Under that hat is a voice of sincerity, a genuine folk and country singer and musician, a socially conscious man, a poet, a singer/songwriter who exemplifies a storyteller through his music. Every word that Lenny Solomon sings in his latest Under My Hat is expressed with such sincerity-whether it is commentary on issues such as in "The Fracking Song" and "Soldier Coming Home" or the pure poetic loveliness of the hopeful yet wistfully delivered "The Awakening, " and the song about an actual poet in "Ode To Robert Frost" in which he humbly states, "wish I could write a poem as good as Robert Frost." Though clearly impassioned in his lyrics, Lenny's vocal style is not one that punctuates or booms through (that wouldn't suit his folk music anyway). But what I notice and admire is the soul and heart, both in depth and in lightheartedness, shining simply throughout his lyrics, punctuated by the music. Whether it is the harmonica or admirable guitar-picking in some tracks, subtle and lovely backing vocals on others, and even a pleasant surprise a little more than midway through with the Trop-rock tune "Jane & Hal, " Lenny Solomon's release is a pleasurable listen. Other favorites of mine: "Del's Song" and "Cat In The Hat" (cool bluesy guitar in this one!).

(Debbie Catalano The Noise Boston December 2014)

I have a soft spot for the music of Lenny Solomon although he is a singer/songwriter who works in the shadows of the really big ones. His songs are good, he has a pleasant voice, he tries every time to get a good band together, and the result every time is an album with good songs, I again for fall every time, even though I'm back sober to say he does not belong to the absolute top.

But as said, I have a weakness for Lenny Solomon, for the way he confesses that he would like to write a poem as the poet Robert Frost in Ode to Robert Frost, for his simple yet poignant indeed anti-war, Soldier Coming Home, for his poetic thoughts at dawn. It remains simple, down-to-earth, and therefore it hits me, the new, self-released, album by Lenny Solomon I can heartily recommend again. (translated from Dutch)

www.moorsmagazine.com (Holly Moors December 2014)

Thanks, Lenny. And hey: I have played 3 tracks from your album, so it is now added to the show's "Faves of 2014" list, which I publish at the end of the year/beginning of new year. Last night I played "Soldier Coming Home" in the third hour dedicated to songs for Veteran's Day. And on prior shows I played "Ode to Robert Frost" and "Laid-0ff in Autumn." You are such a fine songwriter!

(Lilli Kuzma Folk Festival on 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio November 2014)

A Block Party To Remember: Indo-American Neighborhood Picnic
The final entertainment was provided by Lenny Solomon, a ballad folk singer/song writer, guitar player and ... to our surprise, an accomplished physicist.Ê With long beard and faded denim jeans, Lenny invited us all to jump onto his transport of song and story.Ê Each song resonated with a specific sentiment and a tale to which we could easily relate. One was a simple ballad about raising an injured baby squirrel and the ensuing love and loyalty that arose therefrom, and another was a tender love song dedicated to his wife of many years.

Live Review of Performance at Private Party (R. Balachandra and Susan Moore November 2014)

Solomon Cento
Passing night, calm and still in the land of the whippoorwill, spring's again upon us, snow's melting high above. Whose words are these? I just don't know.
I've been making cars for almost 20 years: in Susquehanna County we work our fingers to the bone -- it's a dog-eat-dog world out there.
I've played my songs in many old towns, but it was fate I was waiting by your front gate. (The cat in the hat had a lover's look complete with bedroom eyes.)
Here's the story about Jane and Hal: She's the leader of the choir, a teacher at the school. His grandpa hit the beach on D-Day, his father fought in Vietnam.
Dan was a corporation, an overnight sensation, trembling desperation in every word he spoke. The prisoner was in shackles and not the iron kind.
[This poem contains the first line in each of the 15 songs on Under My Hat. All lyrics by Lenny Solomon.]

No Depression Magazine (Jim Simpson, November 2014)

Lenny Solomon's opening track on Under My Hat, "The Morning Song," makes it clear that he's from Boston. Not that it's a knockoff, but in it you can hear echoes of other Boston folkies, going back to Tommy Flanders, who also recorded a song celebrating the coming of morning. As did a number of other Boston writers. The topic is a local trope, and Solomon does a good job with his take on it.

If the New England connection isn't clear, he follows up with "Ode to Robert Frost," which is built on Frost's "The Road Less Taken" and laments Solomon's inability to write a poem as good as Frost's. It's a heart-felt song, sincere and deeply felt.

But then he tries to rock, on "Dog Eat Dog," a song that is exactly what you think it is from the title. It's dogmatic, predictable and preachy, everything that his best songs are not. When Solomon writes topical songs, he loses the ability to think in metaphors and figurative language, becoming direct and didactic, as he does in "The Fracking Song." Live, in front of an audience already made receptive, these songs could work maybe, but they do tend to bring down a pretty effective album.

Still, when Solomon is at his best -- as on "The Prisoner & the Jailer," a song that points out that both people are the same -- he is very good indeed. Lenny Solomon is a talented singer-songwriter and, maybe this is just a question of personal taste, but I wish that if he wants to write about social and political issues, he would do it with the skill and taste and use of language that he brings to his more personal songs.

Rambles.net (Michael Scott Cain, October 2014)

Lenny Solomon shines musically and lyrically on Under My Hat album.
Lenny Solomon's fourth CD Under My Hat reflects the ability of a seasoned singer-songwriter. Solomon has been at this business of words, emotions, stories, and music for a good four decades. His experience shows in how he delivers each song with no more and no less than what each needs. And in the case of Lenny Solomon, each song still has a lot going on inside of it.

Solomon opens his new album with "The Morning Song," a chirpy offering with Solomon's crisp rasp crooning freely over his nuanced acoustic guitar. His harmonica is another layer of acoustic joy, but it's the heartfelt ode to the beginning of a day that makes you feel the man behind the music, someone who starts his day with plenty of pluck and likely finishes it with as much.

"Ode To Robert Frost" finds Solomon praising, in earnest, take-his-time vocalizing, his favorite American poet. The singer-songwriter is focused on Frost's "The Road Not Taken" as a starting point to sing about choices people make in life. It's a thoughtful contemplation. His earnest, heartfelt vocal application and his singly picked series of acoustic guitar notes should hit home with any New England-based Robert Frost reader.

Solomon makes an aggressive presentation with "Dog Eat Dog," a harmonica dervish, electric guitar maelstrom number in which the singer-songwriter ups the ante by singing about the rugged individual who get eaten up by unexpected trouble. The dramatic tension in this song might make one picture self-defense against a mugger or chasing a purse snatcher before he gets out of sight. Dom Barry's upright bass keeps the pace while electric guitarist Matt Cadarette wields a mean axe. Their notes wrap Solomon's words inside something powerful.

"Test Of Time" offers more of Solomon's earnest, heartfelt message, conveyed with his hearty vocal and nimble acoustic guitar work. Eric Kilburn's brittle mandolin notes add another layer of tenderness here. While Solomon sings of passing the test of time, Kilburn keeps a steady rush of quick, crisp, and sweep notes darting forward, making one feel time moving on.

"Del's Song" is a down tempo number lush with emotive vocalizing. Solomon's voice is a thick weave of feeling and reflection. He wrings the emotional content of his message with his handsome husky timbre. The listener can feel a page turning in each verse and the electric guitar whistling over the range in the backdrop becomes a meaningful soundtrack for what goes on here.

"The Teacher" offers more lush harmonica grist and tender mandolin melody. Solomon keeps this one moving forward with his slightly up-tempo vocal delivery. He gives the lyrics lift with his brisk clip while the instruments beneath his voice run like a gentle, shiny stream in the wilderness. There's a unique roots, folkie charm in this one, with Solomon keeping it afloat and moving swiftly along.

Solomon cruises fearlessly into social commentary about mid way through his album. "The Prisoner & The Jailer" points out how the jailer is equally imprisoned by his job. This song makes the listener feel that occasional, stifling nature of life. Everyone is paying penance of some kind and nobody gets free until both, or all, are free. The whistling harmonica notes, the tender acoustic notes, and the warm vocal make this a song of understanding, not condemnation.

"The Fracking Song" goes deeper into social issues by making levity of the new modern method of oil drilling. Solomon sings of finding natural gas in his kitchen faucet and in his neighbor's too. Solomon delivers the wit with a chirpy delivery that belies that natural disaster taking place in his kitchen, wondering, to himself and to us, if it's the end of days.

"Cat In The Hat" is marked by bluesy electric guitar and a catchy chorus. More about a human "tom cat" than about children's story, the title character suffers the fate of all who mess around in another cat's playpen. Solomon delivers the witty tale in a drawling, deadpan manner that serves the story well while finding a perfect home next to Matt Cadarette's electric guitar picking style.

"Jane And Hal" moves to an almost island beat. Listeners can hear a faux Caribbean melody in the sharp mandolin notes. It's a nice addition to the serious songs on either side of it when Solomon sings of a sneaky friend who robs him blind while a disloyal woman switches up. The playful melodies from mandolin, harmonica, and guitar make one wish this could have a more happy ending.

"The Awakening" is a wide, rangy, down tempo number that feels spread out and lifted. Solomon sings this one in a gentle, mellow vocal climb. Each verse feels like he's taking us up higher, with an aerial view of all that happens to the world in springtime. This song could likely end up a spring time favorite for anybody who discovers it. Solomon's lilting harmonica melody feels as natural as the great outdoors, and it contributes to the overall lifted feeling of the song. His delivery is heartfelt enough to make you believe he really feels this way and to inspire the listener to "hear the Robin's song."

That aptly titled "501(C)4" is about corporate greed and influence, endorsed, of course by the current right wing Supreme Court. It's a protest song that hearkens back to the dry wit of Woodie Guthrie. Loaded with witty zingers about greed, this number makes clear how Solomon feels about greed at the higher levels of the corporate and the political world. Despite Solomon's warm, avuncular delivery, it's a very scary reminder of how much our lives will be controlled by this kind of influence buying.

"Laid-Off In Autumn" is another harmonica laced social commentary with witty observation. About an able man who loses his job in the auto industry, Solomon makes you feel the solemn loneliness of a man who doesn't have a job to go to. His lonesome harmonica melody brings it home. He brings up some others who also lose their job when money runs dry. It's uncanny how Solomon balances the sadness of peoples' lives while keeping the song listenable, enjoyable, hummable.

Woman In The Red Dress" has a bit of a bounce in its acoustic guitar strum. Solomon tells a tale of a woman who loves a man for his poetry. Intentionally vague, the song is loaded with images of the woman following his words at readings, finding in them something of her own memories. This is a deep lyrical work by Solomon, letting images from world travel speak for themselves. His smooth, impassive delivery lets the words come alive and tell the story for him, with all of their colorful locations and all of the bright invocations that come from the poet's words.

Closing out with "Soldier Coming Home," Solomon, by focusing on one soldier's story, leaves the listener with his insights into all struggling veterans, once they're back home, living with reminders of their traumatic experiences. Calling for compassionate insight, Solomon makes plain his concern for the downtrodden. He also delivers it with emotion in his dry, smooth vocal delivery, understated acoustic guitar melody, and a forlorn harmonica line.

A singer-songwriter doesn't get this good without traveling around the block a few times. Solomon has been at this for 40 years. Under My Hat shows his tremendous growth as an artist with a message to share and some stories to tell. Along with upright bass player Don Barry, guitarist Matt Cadarette, and mandolin player /co-producer/engineer Eric Kilburn, Solomon has come up with a meaningful album that's a joy to listen to while following stories that were not always a joy to live through.

Bill Copeland Music News (Bill Copeland, September 2014)

Well Lenny, let me say this, I only play the very best on my program because I respect my audience and the music. What I mean by that is that there are many talented vocalist and musicians out there, but few that really have something to say, not just something to show. You, my friend, have something to say with your songs.

(Norm Whitman WYSO disc jockey for "Detours", August 2014)

A write-up as seen on Thumbtack.com , October 23 2011.

Article published in the All Pawtucket All The Time, about our April 9 2011 show with Crazy Heart author Thomas Cobb.

Articles published in the Lakeville Call, SouthcoastToday.com, and the Middleboro Gazette , about our August 2010 show with Thomas Cobb.

Article published in the Norwood Transcript & Bulletin about the Solomon Band playing at Perks Coffeehouse, 7/30/10.

The following links are to articles written in the The Harvard Crimson and the The Harvard Gazette about Lenny Solomon's retirement from the university in December 2009. Solomon worked at Harvard for 38 years, the past 30 of which managing a climate change research program .

The Lenny Solomon Band plays a modern variation of good ole Creedence, with a dash of Petty, and a splash of Wilco. They have just enough country twang and lite-rockin’ folksy blues to grab your attention. I like this a lot, especially the easy effortless way Lenny sings with a wizened adult outlook on life and its complexities. He had some radio success with Let’s Go to Mars, protesting the current war, and his observations of some modern dilemmas like Katrina (“The Flood”) and personal misplaced values (“The Great Judgment”), places his sensitivity and caring center stage. There are a few novelty tunes also (It’s Snowin’ or Rockabilly Kid) which balance his viewpoints. The sound of the band is a major factor, especially the mercurial guitar pickings of Bill Gibbs, who works wonders with his Telecaster and assorted acoustics. Every line is concise and wonderfully constructed, just like you’d expect from any Nashville Star. The rhythm section of Dennis Gurgul and Don Barry keep it succinct and snappy. This was a really enjoyable album and here’s hopin’ he doesn’t have to go to Jupiter (where governments are stupider) before another fine disc comes out.

The Noise May 2008 (Harry C. Tuniese)

Lenny Solomon's music mentioned in the nationally distributed newspaper The Forward. The article is about Jewish performers in bluegrass and country music. The article states, "A few years ago, Lenny Solomon, a Boston folkie with a wicked sense of humor, noticed, on a country listserv, a long conversation about Jews. The question was simple: Why are there no Jewish singers in country music? For Solomon, the answer was easy (so easy, he even wrote a song about it, called “Jews in Country Music”)."

The Forward (David Kaufmann, March 2008)

Put on your tie dye t-shirt, grab a bottle of wine and a faded quilt blanket, pile in the Volkswagen bus and drive down to see The Lenny Solomon Band play. This is a band that if you lived thru the sixty’s and early seventies, you can relive those historical musical times simply by being in the audience and hearing these guys play the music that they love. Although their sound may be reminiscent of the past , the songwriting is anything but. Songs that certainly are a keen observation of the major issues of our time, permeate this self produced and arranged album. War, The homeless, how mixed up our values are and even a song about Katrina (The Flood) weave thru this record.

At times sounding a bit bluesy, there are other moments that echo New Riders of the Purple Sage. Not that there is anything wrong with this approach. Its just kinda like time has stood still for this band. And although the problems we face today are still the same- with different names, it is certainly refreshing in our Paris Hiltonize society to hear that somebody still gives a damn and is willing to be a voice for our society’s woes.

Blessed with a unique writing style, this artist knows what he wants to say. Let’s Go To Mars, The Great Judgment, Friendly Rock are a few of the titles on the disc. And even if his music reminds us of the past, Lenny Solomon has a contemporary vocal style. I give him many kudos’ for remaining true to his particular vision and using his musical gifts for a platform for those of us who are overwhelmed with the state of this planet.

This will not be a record for everyone. It is certainly not a commercial project. But I know there are those folks out there that are unwilling to surrender their grip on the musical past. I even think college radio might find a few gems on this to play to those who are open to any kind of music. Either way….take a Saturday morning spin and give it a listen. Who knows, you might be inspired to start volunteering for something

Music News Nashville (Nancy Montgomery November 2007 (c) 2005-2007 MNN Enterprises, LLC

Lenny Solomon Band - Maybe Today - CD (Solomon Band) This disc really surprised me. Looking at the cover I expected a blues band that had been relegated to playing bars for a few decades and finally decided to make a CD. (This has been the case way too many times). How mistaken I was, the Lenny Solomon Band are a really tight and talented folk rock band. Lenny has a knack for lyrics and writing a guitar riff that draws a listener in. The lead track started off slow and I wasn't expecting much until I heard the title track "Maybe Today". This song sounded like any great folk song written in the early '70s, at once familiar and emotionally connecting. A few songs get a bit too far into country territory for my tastes, but that is typical of the genre. One of the best songs is the hilarious "Let's Go To Mar's" sung from the point of view of Georgie Bush. Most of the other songs are introspective in nature and very well thought out. A wonderful release from a band that really deserves a close listen. -- (2007)

Mite Mutant in TheChickenfishSpeaks.com November 2007.

I had the great pleasure of making the musical acquaintance of Massachusetts-based Lenny Solomon with his “Global Warming Blues” entry on the 2005 Songs for a Better Planet compilation disc, produced by Toronto festival director and musician Brian Gladstone.

Although Mr. Solomon has a penchant for creating solid blues music with a lyrical social conscience, Maybe Today (2007) is a multi-flavoured, 14-song collection encompassing dreamily reflective folk ballads (“Maybe Today” and “Why”), dance-friendly country shuffles (“Spare Change, “Friendly Rock”), upbeat soft-rock melodies and rhythms (“When No One’s On the Run”, “Island of Misplaced Souls”) and fusions with a Dylan-like blues foundation (e.g. “It’s Snowing”). The mellow “Other Side of the Street” has a Tom Petty/Neil Young influence to it, and speaking of the latter, Mr. Young included Lenny’s “Let’s Go to Mars” track from this CD on his Living with War Today “Songs of the Times” website listing. It was #2 on the now-2000-plus songlist in September/07.

The fully competent Lenny Solomon Band is comprised of Lenny on lead vocal, guitar and harmonica, Don Barry on bass and vocals, Dennis Gurgul on drums and Bill Gibbs on lead guitar and vocals. Maria Breen and Leah McKinnon-Howe provide extra vocals on the aforementioned “Let’s Go to Mars”. These players are all experienced veterans who have gained the wisdom of playing music as a team rather than trying to outdo each other with their individual talents. This naturally leads to a thoroughly pleasant listening experience.

There are numerous songs that encourage repeated listens, particularly “The Flood”, a gentle but powerful ballad that features both electric and acoustic guitar-picking. The world-weary "It’s Snowing” and “Maybe Today” (the title track) are also favourites of mine.

Overall, the CD has a country-rock feel to it (with just a slight vocal twang) and an intellectual edge, to boot, so if that’s your musical preference, you’ll love this recording, particularly “Nashville Star” and the closing, live-off-the-floor “Players in the Band” (care of bassist Don Barry).

To read about the Lenny Solomon Band's interesting musical background, visit their website at www.solomonband.com.

www.Southwestblues.com (Dianne Wells) November 2007.

Country with a hint of the enigmatic

For Lenny Solomon, writing and playing music is as much a part of who he is as it is what he does. But it is only a part, because during the 80s and 90s, he turned his back on live performing to raise a family and to work in environmental research at Harvard University. However the lure of country music was too strong and, with the family now grown, he ended his self-imposed exile in 1997 and formed Solomon, Maybe Today is the band's fourth release.

As a consequence of a life outside of music Maybe Today is a fully rounded and well adjusted album, the songs and ideas behind them have been matured in reality and while he isn't short of opinions, they knit perfectly with some good old fashioned country rhythms and melodies. Even if you weren't aware before, it would quickly become apparent that this not a band in the first flush of youth. There is a measured, solid confidence about the way songs like The Other Side Of The Street are played, this is an album to be savoured and enjoyed at leisure.

Maybe Today is a pleasing mix of traditional country, the gutsy and the quirky. It's Snowin is not a title you'd expect to see on an album of country blues but Solomon uses it to display a sense of humour equal to his talent. If the blues has a presentational problem, it's that it can seem a little serious, musicians like Lenny Solomon prick the bubble. Island of Misplaced Souls, Nashville Star, Rockabilly Kid, Spare Change and Players In The Band represent the traditional wing of the Lenny Solomon Band. All would sound right at home at the Grand Ol' Opry and while they are great fun, a formula is still a formula and the Lenny Solomon Band has enough about it to avoid being stylized.

The best comes with the songs that fill the cracks in the country pavement. Lets Go To Mars is possibly one of the most original anti-war songs for many a year and it is joined by The Flood, Maybe Today and Other Side Of The Street in showing a more complex side to Lenny Solomon. As you'd expect, Lenny Solomon has strong held opinions and he uses his talent to express them subtlely but succinctly. As he stirs the conscience about the planet, Hurricane Katrina, love and loneliness he makes you care about the songs, not because you should, but because what they have to say should be listened to.

Lenny Solomon emerges from Maybe Today as a bit of an enigma. He is much more than simply the entertaining frontman and songwriter of a honky tonk country band but just how much more isn't clear from Maybe Today.

http://www.americana-uk.com (Michael Mee) October 2007.

I'm not the type of reviewer who finds it tasteful or necessary to use the name and style of some well known artist to describe a less widely known independent artist or band. So, I'm not going tell you that Lenny Solomon's new CD, Maybe Today, is like a cross between Bob Dylan and Jimmy Buffett. For one thing, Solomon actually can carry a tune and he's much better at playing the harmonica than a certain iconic folk master from the 1960's. Yet, the pleasantly nasal edge of Solomon's voice is in fact Dylan-ish and his "devil may care", "lets go to mars" humor is reminiscent of you know who's social and civil detachment.

This fourteen song recording cycles between Solomon's bluesy and almost outrageous humor found in songs such as the opening tune, "It's Snowin" to darkly rich and emotive tunes like the title song, "Maybe Today." The dramatic swings in the sound and feel of this project give it an eclectic appeal and the resulting contrasts serve to augment the impact of Solomon's poetry and harmonic style.

In spite of the playfully up beat songs such as "Island of Misplaced Souls" and "Friendly Rock, Friendly Tree", this is a blues album through and through.

There is a resounding wisdom that comes across in Solomon's songwriting that speaks of lessons learned amid trial and triumph, disappointment and elation. Interesting aspects of this CD include its straight forwardly traditional instrumentation and musicianship. Just before the project becomes too "country" , or too "folksy", or too anything, Solomon's wailing blues harmonic enters the mix adding yet another dimension of sound.

There are significant social statements made throughout the album. For instance, "The Great Judgment" offers up a "ripped from today's headlines" outcry with lines such as, "bosses are paid, but your pension's bankrupt", and "save yourself but you forget the sea of people left is right the Right has left.".

Solomon's band includes Don Barry on bass and vocals, Dennis Gurgul on drums and Bill Gibbs on lead guitar and vocals. Solomon sings, plays guitar and harmonica. All of the songs are written by Solomon. Although the individual performances on the CD are well done and without flaw, there is nothing that stands out as particularly outstanding or stellar.

However, listeners will appreciate the transcendent effect of this music and will find that contemplative songs like "Maybe Today" and "The Flood" will haunt them and compel them to return again and again to listen to what Solomon has to say. I recommend this CD to you. You will be glad you added it to your collection. Check it out at: http://www.solomonband.com

Ken Mowery (creatorsweb.com) August 2007.
This review also appears on http://hubpages.com/, http://drmusic.journalspace.com/, and you can listen to it on this audio blog.

A recent interview for the Me & Thee Coffeehouse blog July 2007

Lenny Solomon is a product of the 1960s, when he performed regularly in Cambridge before taking a break to raise a family. He continued to write during that period, and so had a vast repertoire of self-penned material when he re-emerged in the 1990s with his own band.

This collection defies being pigeonholed. There are echoes of folk, bits of country, snippets of pop and strains of blues on offer over 14 tracks. He opens in upbeat fashion, telling us that "It's Snowing" before taking it down a bit for a more thoughtful "Maybe Today," the title track. If you want to lift your spirits, give a listen to "Island of Misplaced Souls." "Friendly Rock" is another up-tempo piece worth giving your attention to.

Not that this is a light-hearted album. He also tackles the darker side. This is done to great effect on "The Great Judgement" and "Other Side of the Street." As if to demonstrate his versatility, he launches into a beautifully written and performed ballad that sounds timeless on "Why." One of the songs that I particularly enjoyed is "Lets Go to Mars." It is a song about forgetting about all the troubles besetting us today, from wars to rising prices. Solomon recalls the tragedy of Katrina with a moving song called "The Flood." It brings us into the reality of how it must have felt to experience that horror.

He lightens things as we approach the final chords of this album. He sings of dealing with life's hard times and playing in a band -- not that either sentiment is connected or separate. Solomon has a knack for writing good lyrics worth listening to and delivering them with a good tune, whether it be lively or sad.

Rambles.net (Nicky Rossiter) June 2007

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Lenny Solomon has the same kind of delivery as the great Bob Dylan: laid back and easy going, yet still managing to be thought-provoking and engaging. Guitarist Bill Gibbs, bassist Don Barry, and drummer Dennis Gurgul round out the sounds on Solomon's sophomore album that finds the songwriter maturing both lyrically and musically. Check out the breezy romp of "Island of Misplaced Souls," the country swagger of "The Great Judgment," the cleverly lighthearted "Let's Go To Mars," or the snappy "Spare Change" and see if Lenny Solomon doesn't touch a special spot in your heart. Good Stuff.

Metronome Magazine (Doug Sloan) April 2007

We have a weak spot for Lenny Solomon. The man writes lovely, touching and beautiful songs that stay with me. When Armando's Pie came out he told me his next album would be a band-affair once more. That new album (Maybe Today) has become his best so far. His other albums can be considered as a collection of very fine songs, this one has also become a beautifully balanced, complete album.

For a part that's the band's input - with a nice loose drummer who gives a song like Nashville Star exactly the right loose swing. The songs talk,amongst other things, about losers - the musician in Nashville Star that signed on the dotted line, but ends up playing for nickels instead of becoming famous, but also the lonely soul who longs for the other side of the street. There are love songs, a song on snow, a song about making music with friends and why that's so much fun, but there's also a very critical song, Let's Go To Mars, that perfectly captures the cynicism of the Bushgang: "we're done playing in Iraq and Afghanistan, come on, let's go to Mars, then the whining about pollution will stop."

The whole band is great, but the singing and the harmony singing are great too. Solomon has a pleasant, slightly gritty voice. The harmony is never too tight, and always just right for the song. And the songs are all great. Good lyrics, but also some beautiful, catchy melodies that stay with you. When we don't play the cd we're likely to be heard singing the songs. From Let's Go To Mars to the beautiful, Island Of Misplaced Souls where Solomon sings solo as well as harmony.

As always this one can be bought from Lenny directly. Tell him I sent you.It's cheap and you get yourself a highly recommended album, an hours worth of great music.

Moors Magazine (in the Netherlands) (Holly Moors) February 2007
 (This article was translated from the Dutch by Holly Moors)

I'm taken back to another time and place. The music of Bill Gibbs, Dennis Gurgul, and 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.

These songs tell stories. Some reach inside the narrator, pulling out something very personal and making it so universal that any listener can understand. It'’s these songs that most remind me of Prine’s writing. Others feature a more direct style of storytelling that brings to mind artists like Tom T. Hall and a whole tradition of country storytellers before him. In each song, Solomon’s gentle, raspy voice carries just the right degree of emotion to bring his story into the listener’s real world. One is reminded of songs like Hall’s “Old Dogs, Children, and Watermelon Wine” or “Faster Horses.”

Some of the songs on this release lean toward rock and roll or jazz or pop styles, but they never really lose their old time country flavour. One song especially seems to break the mold. "Firefly” rolls along slow, with soulful electric guitar underscoring Solomon'’s equally soulful vocal. While the country flavour is still present, the overall feel is more like lazy Southern Rock. As I hear this song, I’'m reminded ever so much of The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See.”

For the most part, the songs on Not Life Threatening range from the gentleness of a Motel 6 commercial through what I tend to call “cowboy music” to a sort of light country rock. Over all, on a quick listen, the set is quiet and enjoyable. Paid closer attention, the music and the lyrics show the quality that only a lifetime of craft can add. The music combines interesting elements in sometimes quirky ways and the lyrics are tight and well formed to most effectively tell their stories.

This band is clearly the creature of Lenny Solomon, a folk and country musician with the soul of a poet. This is a very American set of music, reaching musically and lyrically into the diverse roots of American music and bringing them new life.

Drifting as it does across folk, country, and light popular music styles, Not Life Threatening would fit well in any music collection. The songs are comfortable and thought-provoking at the same time, well-suited to play in the background or to be given a close listen.

Those who may be interested can find additional information about the band Solomon at the Solomon Band website. There are clips of all the songs on Not Life Threatening at CD Baby.

Bob MacKenzie, Soundbyte Magazine September 2006

This review also appears on http://blogcritics.org/

Article in the October 27, 2005 issue of the Middleboro Gazette about our performance at a fundraiser for the victims of the gulf hurricanes.

(excerpt from a review of Songs for a Better Planet) SONGS FOR A BETTER PLANET – VARIOUS ARTISTS, abetterworld.ca ©2005- ....There were a number of songs here that I was particularly pleased with – the opening track, “Our World”, performed by Kate MacDonald, of Miramichi, New Brunswick, “Global Warming Blues” by Lenny Solomon, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, “Earth Mother” by Beliss (a.k.a. Melissa Underwood), of Portland, Oregon, “Pesticide” by (Ms.) Terry Winchell, of Water Mill, New York, and the funky-reggae “Reverence and Ridicule” by Layah Jane of Toronto, Ontario.....The artists appearing here were selected from hundreds of submissions received from around the world...

Dianne Wells, Independent Music Reviewer May 2005

Lenny Solomon and his band produced an excellent first CD and, therefore, I was very curious to listen to his second album. It turned out to be a solo performance with Lenny playing all the instruments. The mood was the same as present in “Not life threatening” but something is missing. Call it the magic interaction which sometimes develops when people play music together. That aspect somewhat disappears if all parts are played by one person. Because of this the disc turned into something a bit more “meager”. Summarizing, I was somewhat disappointed and it took a bit of effort to listen to the entire CD without interruption. Nevertheless, I kept playing it again because Lenny, again, wrote a number of beautiful songs and the interpretation certainly cannot be called bad. Lenny plays the guitar very well and possesses a pleasant, slightly hoarse voice and, as mentioned, he writes beautiful songs. That, in my opinion, deserves praise in my review. The songs intrigued me to the point of wanting to ask Solomon a couple of questions to which he responded by e-mail.

To my remark that I found the musical presentation less appealing than that of the first CD, he replied:
I view myself primarily as a songwriter anyway, not as a performer. The songs are what's most important to me. At 60 years old, I know I'm not going to be a teen idol. I've been thinking about my next album and I think it will be more highly produced using other players. Everything in life, however, is a question of tradeoffs. Because “Armando's Pie” is so sparse, it's actually gotten much more airplay than “Not Life Threatening”. Folk shows on college and public radio stations picked it up. I know that if the next album is more produced, it will probably get less airtime because many folk stations won't play it because of the band backup. I then have to try and deal with commercial stations, which I don't have any access to. I will follow the music, however, so whatever I feel sounds best, will be on the disc..

His reply to my question whether other artists have performed any of his songs, his response was as follows:
I'd love it if others covered some of my songs but it isn't a simple thing to get that done. To get anyone with a following to do that one needs an agent. An agent is in the business of making money. Since I'm an unknown; no publishing agent would be interested in me. I'm also not much of a self promoter. You have to be so to make any impact. Last Thursday night I tried an experiment with my band. First of all I have to say that every time I see the movie, The Last Waltz, about The Band's last performance, I say to myself that I've got to play rock and roll before I die. The Band is possibly my favorite group of all time. I loved the vibe they created, the way they switched off instruments, and their very basic style. Anyway, I told my bandmates that I wanted to try doing a song that was very laid back and serious, in a style reminiscent of The Band. I chose the song “Not Life Threatening” from the album you liked. I chose that also because the guys really don't like to play that song. Too depressing for them. Anyway, we did it totally differently than the way we recorded it on the album and - by god - it worked. I'm now psyched to try other tunes in that manner. I'm also in the process of hooking up with a bass player who is very talented.”

In any case, this makes us look forward to the next CD by Solomon and we want to suggest to everyone interested in a CD full of excellent songs, to order the two albums by Solomon. The guy certainly could use a little push up the mountain and, on top of that, if you order them from him directly, they are dirt-cheap.

Moors Magazine (in the Netherlands) (Holly Moors) May 2005   (This article was translated from the Dutch by Mr.Jack Siliakus)

To read a newspaper article about Lenny, Armando's Pie, and Armando's pizza that appeared in the 3/25/05 issue of Cambridge Chronicle, Click here

Much like the bare-bones balladry of Bob Dylan or Jim Croce, Lenny Solomon's simplistic tone transforms the rural Americana sound into beautiful textures that draw on nostalgia and evoke the pioneer. Whether employing wit, lore, or sheer emotion, his music is crafted with rare honesty and power. Songs like "Here With Me" and "Margaret" showcase Solomon's wonderful tell-tale ability.

Shut Eye Records (Ryan Hoffer) Feb 2005

Lenny Solomon, the lead singer and songwriter behind the Boston-based Solomon Band, takes a break from the group to release a solo recording called Armando's Pie. Armed with an acoustic guitar, a stirring harmonica and a voice that rings of early Dylan, Solomon takes us on a breezy musical journey through satire, love and a bit of history, moving from folk to country and back again. While there are some serious tunes here (most notably, Gettysburg), this is by and large music to gather friends and family around - stuff to make you smile, sigh and sometimes even laugh out loud.

The recording opens with a well-written, rousing tune called Five More Minutes. Featuring some nice work on both harmonica and guitar, the singer begs for five more minutes to plead his case. Armando's Pie, the title cut, is a real gem. It tells the story of Armando, an Italian immigrant who has a special talent for making outstanding pizza pies. Solomon provides a bit of magic by adding the bell-like sound of the glockenspiel to the mix. Solomon adds a rock beat to the tongue-in-cheek warning behind the humor of Global Warning Blues:
Glaciers are all melting, the Arctic's turning green
Polar bears have seen their lairs go floating down the stream
Harp seals have changed color, they're no longer white
They're now bronze complected and extremely uptight
Will it be now or later, when we get a clue
Global warming's coming babe, it's gonna get you.

Solomon evokes the sadness and futility of war in his ballad Gettysburg. While the guitar plays out a simple melody, the lyrics tell a story of waste and horror. It's one of the recording's best cuts.

Solomon's solo outing, Armando's Pie, is a fitting tribute to the songs within as each offers a slice of life. With a voice and guitar style that cover a wide musical range, there is something here for everyone. And...if you get a chance to cross over the Charles River from Boston into Cambridge, do drop in at Armando's and tell them that Lenny sent you.

Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange - Jan 2005 (Roberta Schwartz)

Find a folk singer/songwriter who has been around since the 1960s, and you’ll find a sage with a distinctive style and wit who puts to music vital pieces of Americana. That’s what you'll find in Lenny Solomon. Solomon’s new CD Armando’s Pie offers listeners fourteen songs that feature Solomon’s unusual voice, clean guitar strumming, and soulful harmonica playing, which seem to provide the perfect accompaniment for the experiences, emotions and American culture that he sings about.

In Armando’s Pie, listeners will track with Solomon through cryptic and often humorous social commentary in songs like “Global Warming Blues," “The Vegan Song” and “Life At The Time." As you might expect from a folk singer, Solomon’s music talks about watershed moments in history, as in the song “Gettysburg." Also in the mix are songs like the title track, in which he heralds the virtues not only of the food, but also the ethnicity of his favorite pizza store. Love songs also dot the landscape of Solomon’s song selection. Songs like “One More Night” and “Come Take My Hand” are notable examples that will resonate with anybody who has ever said goodbye to someone they love.

This CD should of course be added to the playlist of everyone who loves folk music, but the message and the appeal of Armando’s Pie is big enough and important enough to earn a spot in every CD collection.

Indie-music.com - Nov 2004 (Ken Mowery)

Impeccably performed and constructed Contemporary Folk music, filled with humorous and witty observations. Particularly good tracks are "The Vegan Song" and "Jews In Country Music", which had me laughing out loud. I wish Mr. Solomon luck in finding an appropriately large audience for his work.

Impact Press Magazine - Oct/Nov 2004

On "Armando's Pie", Lenny Solomon serves up a delightful slice of Americana. The CD contains 14 tasty tunes that a listener can really sink their teeth into.
Dan Alloway- "Folk Fury" Radio Show, KTEP-FM El Paso TX, September 2004

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Lenny Solomon has a familiar, dusty old voice that rings of Bob Dylan, and on his new album Armando's Pie, Solomon delivers fourteen well-crafted songs rich with emotion, musicality and lore. Armed with an acoustic guitar, a glockenspiel, shakers, his voice and a harmonica, Solomon performs upbeat tunes that flow easy and sure as a cool running brook. His acoustic guitar work is capable and true while his harmonic playing wails emotive. While he turns in fine vocal performances on all fourteen cuts it is the songs Five More Minutes, Dead Man Smile, the lighthearted He's A Cowboy, and Life At The Time that really shine. Solomon turned to Bill Mason at Second Story Studio to record these songs and Mason did a fine job capturing Solomon's sentiment. Mason also contributes a lead guitar track as well as bass lines on several cuts rounding out this excellent sounding album.

Metronome Magazine, (Doug Sloan) September 2004

Click here to read the two page interview that appeared in the October 2004 issue of Metronome about Lenny Solomon and his music.

Lenny Solomon is one of the many gifted singer/songwriters currently on the scene. His music has a delicately honed urgency that often reminds me of early Bob Dylan. On the opening track here, 'Five More Minutes' the similarity is marked and I mean that as a compliment to Lenny. He writes and sings on matters that will touch the lives of most people at some time. But he also adds that magic ingredient called humor to some of the tracks. He seems to realize that we all love lyrics with meaning but we do not want to be submerged in causes and earnest pleas.

The title track 'Armando's Pie' appears to be about pizza but he gives us the tale of the immigrant opening his store with a light touch and holds your attention. If an Armando ever opens a pizza store he has a readymade advertisement here. From the newcomer he switches to the long-time resident and brings us south with a smell of magnolia as we meet and hear the tale of 'Margaret'.

The songs are varied and the subjects are wide-ranging. Guess what is being examined with lines like, "He loves to go shopping in his SUV and a fridge as big as Venus, a stove as big as Mars." The track is 'Global Warming Blues '. One of my favorite tracks is a great country-sounding piece called 'He's a Cowboy'. This brings the rider of the range up to the 21st century but with a sense of respect mingled with the humor. He stays in a country vein and with humor on the beautifully titled 'Jews in Country Music'. This song reminds me of the best of Shel Silverstein with tongue firmly in cheek as he is "looking for a country Lenny Bernstein". My love of the story song and history pointed me directly to 'Gettysburg' and there I found my top track. Here is a song that brings the horror of war on a one to one basis home to the listener.

The 14 tracks on this CD are all excellent and diverse enough to ensure that any listener will find a few that could become favorites. Solomon has the wisdom of that other person of that name. He gives us songs to make us think but never lets the message get in the way of the fact that to transmit any message, the medium must grab and hold our attention.

Nicky Rossiter from Wexford Ireland, for Rambles.net and Folking.com - July 2004
Lenny Solomon was totally surprised when I showed an interest in his band "Solomon". I had just heard "Fishin'" and it stuck in my head in a pleasant way, a little bit like Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay." It is the same kind of lazy song in which the pleasures of fishing are described and the relaxation that this offers. Actually, it's a song about almost nothing which is sung and played in a very laid back way. However, it stuck and I continued to play the song and so I asked Lenny if he would send his CD.

Lenny was somewhat shocked that somebody in Europe knew his music because, according to him, most people on his street don't even know him. This is no big surprise since Lenny and his band; just called "Solomon," make music, which can be easily overlooked.

The CD reveals that "Fishin'" is not just a lucky shot but that Solomon specializes in this kind of lazy songs,something JJ Cale is also very good at. Lenny himself calls it back porch music and that is pretty much the picture that develops when you listen - a couple of older guys sitting on a small deck behind a house, playing music in a relaxed way. They take their time for each number. "Fishin'", at 4 1/2 minutes, is one of the shorter numbers. Now, don't arrive at the conclusion that this music just rambles on, because it is not. They play in an inspired, relaxed way, but certainly not nonchalant or uninterested. They merely take great pleasure in letting you listen to some songs written by Lenny.

Not all songs are as lighthearted as "Fishin'." The title song "Not Life Threatening" deals with a lady over eighty who suddenly realizes that she is getting older and lonelier and who, in the end, is found by a neighbor after having been dead for three weeks. It is a beautiful, non-dramatic, yet touching song. And then there are more beautiful songs on this disc. Lenny writes beautiful lyrics, composes beautiful melodies, and sings them relaxed for you, on your back porch.

Moors Magazine (in the Netherlands), (Holly Moors) April 2004   (This review was translated from the Dutch by Mr.Jack Siliakus)

"Solomon is an eclectic Boston-based band comprised of Lenny Solomon (on lead vocals and acoustic guitar), Bill Gibbs (on acoustic lead and bass guitar, mandolin and banjo) and Dennis Gurgul on drums. Lenny Solomon writes all of the songs, which on Not Life Threatening range over several musical genres, from country to rock to more traditional folk and pop. What distinguishes the band is a very tight sound grounded by Solomon's and Gibbs' guitars, and driven by Gurgul's drums.

The recording opens with the tongue-in-cheek country tune Fishin'. The melody, powered by the skilled fingers of Bill Gibbs on lap steel guitar, catches you up in its rhythm and gets you moving. Lilac Night, on the other end of the musical scale, is soft and lovely, and dwells on sentimental thoughts and dreams. Slim Cedrone takes us there with his harmonica, ending this quiet ballad. Radio Days pokes fun at what Joni Mitchell called the "starmaking machinery." The singer cuts a tune and sends it to stations all around the country. It gets some airplay and some feedback. In the end the singer goes back to his guitar, "trying to find the formula to write myself a hit." The sound of the early Sixties is captured in Thoughts of You, a love song from someone looking back on what could have been. Bill Gibbs on lead electric guitar is particularly good here. The recording closes with a moving rendition of a song called Not Life Threatening. It tells the story of an older woman who complains of symptoms like loss of appetite and weakening of the muscles. The doctor tells her to go home and stop complaining - "it's not life threatening." But, of course, you know the rest of the story. She begins to grow weaker and fail, and a few weeks later a neighbor finds her dead in her bed. Does her life matter? Does any life matter? You bet. And without hope and caring, the symptoms are life threatening. The tune is well written and ably performed by Lenny Solomon and the band.

In listening to the Solomon band and their ability to cover all genres in a distinctly country-rock/folk-rock style, a number of groups come to mind, but the Grateful Dead most of all. Like the Dead there is great musicianship here and great fun. But most of all these guys know how to have fun with the music and approach it with a little tongue in their cheek, and a twinkle in their eye.

Pick up a copy of Not Life Threatening and enjoy the journey the music takes you on. You are going to have a great time."

Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange, (Roberta Schwartz) December 2003

"Solomon is a Boston-based band whose output ranges from new country through jazz and pop to folk. Not Life Threatening seems to try to cover all of those genres, and for the most part it succeeds. The main disadvantage of such a wide range of styles is that very few listeners are enthralled by all of them. Having said that, I would urge anyone who likes even one of the genres to give the CD a fair listen. Lenny Solomon has written all of the tracks and it certainly showcases a writer of ability. His lyrics range from the light-hearted to the highly critical. His humorous take on airline travel in "Your Flight has been Cancelled" will strike chords with everyone who has had that glorious experience of asking the check in desk attendant about it. "Your flight has just been cancelled, please don't be annoyed, all I do is work here and your time is null and void." "The Listener" is a track where the singer sounds like an early Bob Dylan. The theme is about the problems we all face in life and it is very well written. "Leaving Town Today" is another track that will feel very real to some listeners as it recounts the forgotten things that resurface when we need to move on. The title track is about the tragedy of the lack of good medical care for people when they grow old. It is told in the tale of the latter days of an Aunt Matilda and is an indictment of the society that casts aside those who made that society possible. The church, the medical profession, the world says they hope they will be as well as her when they reach old age -- empty words. Solomon is a group to watch and Lenny has a very succinct way of saying the "home truths" that he wishes to express."

Rambles.net, (Nicky Rossiter) August 2002

"What a perfect disc for the start of summer - Solomon offers up a trio of acoustic players, and songs that invite the listener to drift off and dream about sitting under a tree on a hot day, while a pitcher of ice cold lemonade sits nearby. I must admit that I couldn't even concentrate on the lyrics for the first couple of listens, because I was just swept into the overall sound of the record. The first song, "Fishin," sets the tone of lush acoustics and soft harmonies that permeate the disc, carrying through to the beautiful "Lilac Night" and the laid-back "Firefly." In certain songs, such as "Rode Rage," the band dips into a bluesy framework, but they never veer too far away from the basic country roots. Throughout these 11 songs, sounds of banjos and steel guitars creep in and out, riding off the smooth, perfect vocals of Lenny Solomon, who at times sounds like a huskier version of Roger McGuinn. If you�re into mellow country and tasteful playing, then this is the disc for you.

Soundcheck Magazine, August 2002 (Page 49 of .pdf)

"Lenny Solomon is the brainchild behind the easy-going slice of Americana he calls Not Life Threatening. Fusing country, folk, and hillbilly music, Solomon creates flowing masterpieces filled with colorful imagery and pristine musicality.

Accompanied by bandmates Bill Gibbs on a host of stringed instruments and Dennis Gurgul on drums, this capable trio spins wistful tales of life aimed straight for the heart. Solomon's voice is aged and dusty and gives his tunes a genuineness not heard in most local projects. His songwriting is also first-rate as he unveils originals that were penned from 1997 to 2002.

If you're looking for something a little different and off the beaten path, you'll thoroughly enjoy Solomon's Not Life Threatening."

Metronome Magazine, June 2002

"The band�s most recent CD, "Not Life Threatening," features lyrics by Lenny Solomon. They are well crafted and sometimes reflect the feelings lurking beneath ordinary experiences...He describes ordinary slices of life in philosophical terms."

Town Newspapers On-line, June 2002

"To be fair it is hard to put the Solomon Band into a category, they are a little bit Country and little bit Folk and a little bit Blues...The album has eleven songs and each has to be enjoyed for their words and music content....As a songwriter, Lenny must take full marks for writing brilliant lyrics for themes that are out of the ordinary....The Solomon band has a talent that is deserving of more notoriety. I recommend you buy this album, you won't be disappointed."

Green Man Review, May 2002

"Combining elements of folk and blues, Solomon offers up 11 tracks of guitar jangling tunes. The bluesy aspects add a groove to the music while the folk guitar-work twinkles along in the most pleasant of ways, layered upon each other. The vocals sit right on top of the music, marching each song forward with a wise and precise delivery of story after story."

Impact Press Magazine, April/May 2002

"Massachusetts' Solomon (Lenny Solomon, Bill Gibbs & Dennis Gurgul) combines elements of bluegrass, blues, a little jazz, a little hot country, and puts it together with fine songwriting on "Not Life Threatening". While the songs can be funny or wry, they can also be touching. The title cut, about the lack of quality in medical care for the aging, and on a deeper level about basic human respect for those who have been our parents and grandparents, is a fine song that cuts at the conscience."

Jim Graves, WFSS, Fayetteville, NC, March 2002

..."Rode Rage"... bitter, hard-edged, tough....should be released as a single. "Your Flight Has Just Been Cancelled"...another hit...good blues beat...the frustrations of air travel....liked the humor....frequent flyers nightmare song! "Not Life Threatening".... sad...medical protest song...hard hitting reality. As a summary...lyrics are spectacular...a hard driving sound...disillusionment touches pain and complexity of life and the need for answers.

Bob & Mary MIX 106 Charlotte, NC, March 2002

Your songs are certainly fine; you bring all your experience and maturity to bear with fun and intelligence.

Marilyn Rea Beyer WUMB 91.9 Boston, MA, February 2002

RADIO PLAY - Under My Hat
Various cuts from Under My Hat have been added to the playlists of the following radio stations:

WICN Worcester MA
CHMR 93.5 FM St.John's Newfoundland CA
WYSO DETOURS Yellow Springs OH
CJTR 91.3 FM in Regina, Saskatchewan CA
WDBX Folk Fiasco, Carbondale IL
WSCS-FM NH, www.theglobalvoice.info,bostonfreeradio.com/
KONE Pine Mountain Club & Bakersfield
WYAP-FM in West Virginia
KGIG-FM in Modesto, CA
Neopa Community Radio in Canton, OH
WIOX Roxbury NY
KBOO Portland OR
WBRS Waltham MA
KZFR, Chico, CA
WMSC Montclair NJ
KVMR Nevada City CA
KZMU Moab, Utah
WAMC Albany NY
WMFO Medford MA
WIUP-FM Indiana, PA Modern Troubadours
WRFG, Atlanta, GA Fox's Minstrel Show
Positively Charged Radio (Internet)

RADIO PLAY - Maybe Today
Various cuts from Maybe Today have been added to the playlists of the following radio stations:

Whole Wheat Radio Talkeetna Alaska
KVMR Nevada City, California
WBDX Carbondale IL
WRFG Atlanta GA
WATD Marshfield MA
WMUC College Park MD
KFOK Georgetown CA
WRIR Richmond VA
WCVF Fredonia NY
WNMC Tranverse City MI
WMUC Washington DC
WHAY Whitley City KY
KXCI Tucson AR
WEFT Champaign IL
WQNR Auburn AL
WGWG Shelby NC
XM Satellite Radio
KGLP Gallop NM
WFSS Fayetteville NC
KPFT Houston TX
Utah Public Radio - KUSU/KUSR + 27 translator stations covering over 80% of Utah
WEFT Champaign IL
WBRS Waltham MA
WHUS Storrs CT
WGBH Boston MA
"Air America" (Nationally syndicated - The Thom Hartmann Show)
WXRV "The River" Boston/Haverhill MA

Various cuts from Armando's Pie have been added to the playlists of the following radio stations:

WESS Stroudsburg PA
WHRV Hampton Falls VA
WHRO Hampton Falls VA
KALW San Francisco CA
KRFK Baton Rouge LA
KRFC Fort Collins CO
CJTR Regina Saskatchewan Canada
WFDU Teaneck NJ
KZSC Santa Cruz CA
UNFM Winnipeg Canada
Town & Country Radio Wellington New Zealand
WBNY Buffalo NY
WMUC College Park Maryland
Whole Wheat Radio Talkeetna Alaska
KUMD Duluth MN
KBCS Bellevue/Seattle, WA
WRFG Atlanta GA
Northside Folk Radio Sydney Australia
WBDX Carbondale IL
WNCS Burlington VT
WRJT White River Junction VT
WDOT Saint Johnsbury VT
WCVF Fredonia NY
Wisconsin Public Radio (which includes the following stations)
WHAD Delafield, Milwaukee WI
WGTD Kenosha WI
WERN Madison WI
WHA Madison WI
WHHI Highland, Dodgeville WI
W215AQ Madison WI
WPNE Green Bay WI
WHID Green Bay WI
WLFM Appleton WI
WRST Oshkosh WI
WHND Sister Bay WI
WHDI Sister Bay WI
WSHS Sheboygan WI
WHLA La Crosse WI
WLSU La Crosse WI
WHWC Menomonie, Eau Claire WI
WVSS Menomonie WI
WUEC Eau Claire WI
WRFW River Falls WI
KUWS Superior WI
W275AF Ashland, Bayfield WI
W284AN Ashland, Bayfield WI
WHRM Wausau WI
WLBL Aburndale WI
WHBM Park Falls WI
WLBL Wausau WI
Utah Public Radio - KUSU/KUSR + 24 translator stations covering over 80% of Utah
WVUD Newark DE
Sidestream Radio Show Queensland Australia
WFHB Bloomington IN
LÄHIRADIO 100.3 MHz Helsinki Finland
WXXE Syracuse NY
KLCC Eugene OR
WTHA Seaside FL
WSLM (AM-FM) Salem, IN
WFWM Frostburg MD
WRFA Jamestown NY
WOBO Batavia OH
WKDE Altavista VA
WVRU Radford VA
WYOU Williamsburg VA
WVLS Monterey VA
WCHG Hot Springs VA
W-203-AE (88.5 FM) Elkins WV
WVPN Charleston WV
WVPW Buckhannon WV
WVEP Martinsburg WV
WVPG Parkersburg WV
WVPM Morgantown WV
W-218-AT (91.5 FM) Union WV
W-219-BM (91.7 FM) Matewan WV
WVPB Beckley WV
WAUA Petersburg WV
WVWV Huntington WV
WVNP Wheeling WV
W-220-BK (91.9 FM)Logan WV
W-207-AA (107.3 FM) Clarksburg WV
WPMD Norwalk CA
Jack & Jill Radio Sunrise FL
WXXE Syracuse NY
KEOS Smithville TX
WPCR Plymouth NH
WOMR Provincetown MA
WDYN Chattanooga, TN
Radio Winschoten, the Netherlands (106.2 FM & KABEL 105.0 FM)
Radio "Ems-Vechte-Welle" Lengerich, Germany (Hillbilly Rockhouse 95.6/95.2 FM)
WAMC Albany, NY
WAMK Kingston, NY
WOSR Middletown NY
WCEL Plattsburgh NY
WCAN Canajoharie NY
WANC Ticonderoga NY
WAMQ Great Barrington MA
WFLO Farmville VA
WATD Marshfield MA
Radiowayne.com Internet Radio Shreveport LA
KOPN Columbia MA
WTUL New Orleans, LA
Whole Wheat Radio Talkeetna Alaska
Radio Kidnappers 1431 AM,Hastings New Zealand

Various cuts from this CD have been added to the playlists of the following radio stations:

WMHB Fairfield, ME
WRFG Atlanta, GA
KEOS College Station, TX
WFSS Fayetteville, NC
WUFT Gainesville FL
WIUS Bloomington IN
WNMC Traverse City MI
WNSC Burlington, Montpelier VT
WRJT White River Junction VT, Lebanon, NH
WDOT 95.7 Saint Johnsbury VT
KRCL Salt Lake City UT
www.radiocrystalblue.com (Internet Radio)
Radio Penguin, Novosibirsk Siberia Russia
BRTO Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands
"Semi-twang" 88.7 Cable FM, Sacramento CA
Radio ISW-FM Waldkraiburg, Germany
WCVE Richmond VA
WKZE Sharon CT
WJFF Jeffersonville NY
WESS Stroudsburg PA
WBNY Buffalo NY
WHRV 89.9 Hampton Falls VA
WEVL Memphis TN
Artsound FM Canberra, Australia
KALW San Francisco CA
WFLO Farmville VA
CJTR Regina Saskatchewan Canada
Whole Wheat Radio Talkeetna Alaska


"I didn't realize how much I liked folk music until I heard this four-song EP by a foursome from Cambridge, Mass. Surrounded by quirky, guitar-based music and filled in with creative, poetic, intelligent lyrics, Solomon proves that folk isn't dead (pay attention, punks!). Sounding like Cat Stevens meets Barenaked Ladies meets Bob Dylan, Solomon is one of those bands that probably won't get the attention, respect or fans it truly deserves. Listening to this CD will make your Sunday afternoon more than just the day before you go back to work. " - Impact Magazine, June 2000

"...listening, I felt like I was in the audience of Saturday Night Live....(Solomon) sounds like a Saturday Night Live kind of group....they also reminded me of the Blues Traveler" - Bob & Mary MIX 106 Charlotte, NC

"Got your CD today. I like it a lot. I can see why you have developed a big local following. I especially like track #1 "Dreams". I'll put it into rotation this week..... I for one, like what I hear." - John Roths, Music Director, KEOS 89.1 FM, College Station, TX

Hi Lenny "Four Shortened is now available for airplay, really enjoy Isolation. Will you do a full CD?"; "Your CD has been getting pretty good airplay" - Steve Scott, WNMC 90.7, Traverse City, MI

I've already received your package... Your music is already on my playlist. All the best. - Nuno Morna, Danïa do Lobo, RPD, Medeira, Portugal

"Lenny - from the CD called Solomon, comes from Cambridge, Mass, where he plays in his folk-rock band called Solomon: An Original Band. I think he's a professor at Harvard in his spare time. His style reminds me of acoustic bands from the late 1960s with country and blues mixed through the carburetor. A folk singer with a band behind him." - Steve Fruitman, CIUT, University of Toronto Radio

"I did get the tape and I really liked the song. I haven't played it yet; but will use it for a special program I am working on. Thanks, Valerie" (about the song "Wounded Knee") - Valerie Cartonio, WMPG 90.9 & 104.2 FM, Portland, ME

Various cuts from this CD have been played on the following radio stations:
KRCL (90.9 FM), Salt Lake City, Utah
KZMU (89.7 FM), Moab, Utah
WNMC (90.7 FM), Traverse City, Michigan
RDP, Portuguese National Radio on "Danïa do Lobo"
CIUT (89.5 FM), Toronto, Canada on "Back To The Sugar Camp"
KEOS (89.1 FM), College Station, TX
WRFG, Atlanta, GA, on the Fox network's "Minstrel Show"
WNMX, (106.1 FM), Charlotte, NC on "Sentimental Journey"

"It's unusual these days to go into a club or a concert hall and find a performer who smiles at the beginning of a set. Lenny's smile is kind of like the proverbial footsteps of King Wenceslaus, it warms anyone who sees it. His voice, too, is warm and mellow." - UMass Boston Student Newspaper

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