Hometown: Cambridge, Massachusetts
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. During his years as a solo performer he shared bills with name performers such as Chris Smither, Carolyn Hester, Bonnie Raitt, and Spider John.
Solomon has been writing songs for 40 years in a variety styles ranging from folk, to country, to blues, and pop. Since 2002 he has released three CDs songs from which have been aired on well over a hundred college and public radio stations. In 2008, one of his songs, Let's Go To Mars, for over a month was number one in popularity month on Neil Young's songwriter website. In 2011 one of his songs was a finalist and another a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriting Context. In 2009 his song Test of Time was a semi-finalist.
CD Review www.Southwestblues.com (Dianne Wells) November 2007
“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, dance-friendly country shuffles, upbeat soft-rock melodies and rhythms and fusions with a Dylan-like blues foundation. 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 website listing. It was #2 on the now-2000-plus songlist in September/07.”