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Maybe Today

by Lenny Solomon

Original modern country folk and folk-rock in the tradition of Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, and Jerry Jeff Walker.
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1. It's Snowin'
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2. Maybe Today
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3. Island of Misplaced Souls
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4. Other Side Of The Street
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5. Friendly Rock
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6. The Great Judgment
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7. Nashville Star
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8. Why
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9. When No One's On The Run
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10. Rockabilly Kid
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11. Let's Go To Mars
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12. The Flood
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13. Spare Change
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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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 many name performers such as Chris Smither, Carolyn Hester, Bonnie Raitt, and Spider John.
For many years music provided a backdrop to 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 on climate research at Harvard University.
In 1997 Solomon got back into performing live and formed a folk/country band appropriately enough called the Lenny Solomon Band. Performing his original material, the Solomon Band released three CD’s, one of which, Not Life Threatening, is still available. Not Life Threatening received rave reviews and garnered airplay on over 30 public and college radio stations.
In 2004 Solomon released a solo effort, Armando’s Pie. Tracks from this album have been aired on over 120 radio stations. A review published in Rambles.net states, “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.”
Solomon’s latest effort, Maybe Today (2007), is an eclectic collection of songs that span folk, country, pop, and blues. One of the album’s songs, Let’s Go To Mars, has been rated as high as #20 in popularity out of the over 1200 topical songs posted on Neil Young’s website. Solomon regularly performs solo and with any or all of his band members in the greater Boston area. His website is www.solomonband.com.

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Tervia Metzner

Lenny has so much to say in such a beautiful way
As a long-time fan of Lenny Solomon and his band, I just finished listening to his newest CD, Maybe Today. What a joyful experience! That he can say so much in such an poetic way, with his bluesy tunes and compelling harmonies, never ceases to amaze me. I find it inspiring. Some of my favorites: Let’s Go To Mars, Why, and especially, The Flood, a song that made my neck hairs stand up and sent chills down my spine because it's so totally heart-rending and poignant. I found the last song on the CD, Players in the Band, especially playful, as it introduced the actual members of the Lenny Solomon Band. I sure hope that Lenny Solomon keeps writing and performing for a long time to come.
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Diane Wells

"solid blues music with a lyrical social conscience"
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.
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http://www.americana-uk.com (Michael Mee) October 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.
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Nicky Rossiter - Rambles.net

This collection defies being pigeonholed
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.
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Nancy Montgomery - Music News Nashville

At times sounding a bit bluesy, there are other moments that echo New Riders of
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
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Holly Moors

The man writes lovely, touching and beautiful songs that stay with me.
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.
(translated from the Dutch by Holly Moors)
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TheChickenfishSpeaks.com

A wonderful release from a band that really deserves a close listen
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)
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Harry C. Tuniese - The Noise May 2008

"a modern variation of good ole Creedence, with a dash of Petty, and a splash of
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 Tuniese)
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Doug Sloan - Metronome Magazine

"same kind of delivery as the great Bob Dylan"
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 third album that finds the songwriter maturing both lyrically and musically. Check out the breezy romp of "Island of Misplaced Souls," the country swagger of "Nashville Star," 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.
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