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by Carolann Solebello

Americana with a New York accent.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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1. Hound Dogs in August
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2. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
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3. A Song I Can't Remember
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4. Downtown
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5. The Shadow
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6. Alice
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7. Empty House
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8. Black Jack Davey
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9. Tea Without Sympathy
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10. Paint My Wagon
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11. Someone Else's Dream
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12. Wash Me Clean
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Album Notes
"Threshold" is Carolann Solebello’s third solo album, and her first since parting from celebrated female trio Red Molly in August 2010. Exploring the sonic landscape of American folk music from Appalachian ballads to honky-tonk barnburners, Solebello gracefully melds old and new in this 12-song collection. Producer Fred Gillen, Jr. complements each track with arrangements that blend American roots and contemporary edge with ease. In addition to Gillen (electric guitar, vocals), the "Threshold" band includes Cheryl Prashker (drums), Mike Weatherly (bass), Sara Milonovich (violin), Mark Allen Berube (banjo, vocals), Steve Kirkman (electric guitar), and Catherine Miles (vocals). Solebello plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, and even a little resonator guitar.

A New York City native, Carolann first fell in love with mountain music – and the bluegrass and country that grew out of that tradition – while working as an actor in East Tennessee and Kansas. Tunes and techniques she learned from musicians in both places fundamentally changed her approach to songwriting and guitar playing, and subsequently colored her work with Red Molly.

The six years Carolann spent with the Americana trio were successful ones, indeed. Red Molly’s 2006 release, "Never Been to Vegas," earned them Best New Artist status at WUMB Boston. Their 2008 release, “Love and Other Tragedies,” spent ten weeks in the Americana Top 15, and Carolann’s song “Summertime” was the #1 Song on the Folk DJ chart in July 2008. “James,” released in 2010, peaked at #4 on the Americana chart, and was #23 on the 2010 AMA Top 100.

Such success gave rise to opportunities that took Red Molly further and further from home, and for longer and longer tours. With a family to attend to, Carolann simply could not continue on that path, so in August 2010, she stepped aside to pursue solo opportunities closer to home. Red Molly continues touring extensively with new member Molly Venter.

Prior to "Threshold," Carolann released two solo albums, “Just Across the Water” (2000), “Glass of Desire” (2009). She makes her home in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young son.



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Bill King

Carolann Solebello’s first post Red Molly solo project THRESHOLD again calls on fellow musician and friend Fred Gillen Jr. as producer also tagging along with Gillen is partner in Hope Machine Steve Kirkman on guitar , Cheryl Prashker on Drums and hubby Mark Allen Berube on banjo among others. Nice collection consisting of 12 tracks that run the gamut from folk to country and everything in between with a few of the numbers that would feel at home at a Saturday night line dance contest. All of the songs with the exception of Bury Me Beneath the willow & Black Jack Davey were written by Solebello. There are heroes to cheer on like “Alice” along with a kick ass violin played by Sara Milonovich. A tearjerker in EMPTY HOUSE “A Empty House is not a Home” My personal favorite number is DOWNTOWN that contains “Now every single Saturday I get on the train all alone but that don’t get me down I wear my Leather Jacket, Black Booths and Silver Chains get a little crazy Downtown” Now ask yourself how can you not like lyrics like that ? If you like Country, Pop, Bluegrass, and were a fan of Carolann as part of Red Molly I encourage you to order or download the disk right here at CD Baby or get out to a live Carolann Solebello show and purchase it there where Carolann has a “Pay what you feel it is worth policy” so if you wanted to toss in a $100.00 bill or two no one will give you strange looks however you do it add this album to your collection your ears will Love you for it.