Singer/songwriter/guitarist Lenny Solomon‘s style has been compared to early Bob Dylan, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Solomon began his career in the late 1960s. A fixture in the old Idler Coffeehouse in Harvard Square, Cambridge, he regularly performed there on Friday nights for over eight years. The Idler was a training ground for such luminaries as Geoff Bartley, Paul Rishell, Spider John Koerner, and Ric Ocasek ( later of The Cars ).
During his years as a solo performer he shared bills with many name performers such as Chris Smither, Carolyn Hester, Bonnie Raitt, and Spider John. For many years music provided a backdrop for his life. From the 1980s through the mid-1990s Solomon continued to write songs but rarely performed in public. He chose rather to raise his family (now grown) and to work in environmental research at Harvard University. In 1997 Solomon got back into performing and formed a folk/country band appropriately enough called the Lenny Solomon Band. Members include Bill Gibbs on guitars, mandolin, and backup vocals; Don Barry on standup bass and harmony vocals; and Dennis Gurgul on drums and percussion. Performing original material, the band has released four CDs, three of which, Not Life Threatening, Armando’s Pie, and Maybe Today are available from his website, solomonband.com.
Released in 2002, Not Life Threatening received rave reviews. Of this album, Soundbyte Magazine said, “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.”
In 2004 Solomon released Armando’s Pie. This fourteen-song album consists of original songs written between 2002 and 2004. A review published in Rambles.net stated, “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.”
Solomon’s last album, Maybe Today, was released in February 2007. Some of the snippets from its reviews are “At times sounding a bit bluesy, there are other moments that echo New Riders of the Purple Sage;” “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;” and “Maybe Today, is like a cross between Bob Dylan and Jimmy Buffett.”
To date, songs from Solomon’s albums have been played on over 140 radio stations around the country.
The Lenny Solomon Band performs in the greater Boston area’s clubs, restaurants, coffeehouses, and colleges and are available for private events. Lenny’s website is myspace.com/lennysolomon and the band’s website is solomonband.com.