its a smooth mix of reggae, funk, soul, rock...
The new release, entitled Freedom, features the core musical unit of Sol on guitar and vocals, “King George” Penn on drums, and Jake Dempsey on bass. Also guest appearances by Tim Smith (who can also be found on recordings with Squirrel Nut Zippers, Hobex, and the Countdown Quartet), as well as members of Virginia’s up-and-coming reggae groups, the Seed, and the Alliens. With these special guests, the new album moves from greasy delta grooves to deep reggae, and from stanky funk to soulful R&B.
Here's what some reviewers are saying about the new CD Freedom:
“Sol is excellent at morphing rock, blues, soul, and reggae, taking it all to a different level and contributing to the evolution of the styles into- quoting Sly Stone- 'a whole new thing'. Freedom is a great example of this band’s music and a truly enjoyable listening experience”- Len Comaratta- WUVT Music Director
"Sol pulls together funk, soul, blues and reggae elements...
Sol uses his right hand fingers, not a pick, to get his bluesy, dirty-sweet solo lines, and he delivers the raw and tasteful in even helpings....
You have to admire a blues/soul singer who is trying to sound like himself, instead of some old blues guy... Good Party Music... " - Tad Dickens- Press Review
"...songs that take us on an adventure- from uplifting spiritual and prophetic warnings, to gut wrenching blues; and from the light and dark of human emotion- told by exceptional musicians, reminding us that great music is still being made....
....on your second listen, you notice all the little things- sounds, taps, beautiful background vocals, awesome sax, flute, and keyboards- and begin to realize two master engineers put this CD together.
They have woven a tapestry of music that will uplift and warm your soul. " - Advance Tribune
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