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 now defunct 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. 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.
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 work in environmental research at Harvard University. In 1997 Solomon got back into performing and formed a folk/country band appropriately enough called Solomon.
Performing his 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 and was aired on over 30 public and college radio stations. Of this album, Soundbyte Magazine said, "I'm taken back to another time and place.... to a time so long ago that country music was still called folk, or western, or perhaps hillbilly. Itís old-time music that manages somehow to not be old-timey, generating instead a timeless quality. Lenny Solomoní'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. 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." To date, various cuts have been aired on over 130 radio stations.
Solomonís last album, Maybe Today, was released 2/1/07. In a review by Holly Moors (http://www.moorsmagazine.com/muziekbak/solomondrie.html) she states, ďWe 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."