From Solomon King & The Chosen
There are those that simply play the blues and some people that have lived them, and there are those like SOLOMON KING who have done both. Hailing from Detroit, King’s days as an auto worker read like something out of a Charles Bukowski novel complete with booze and broads. When the massive layoffs came, King headed West with an acoustic guitar in hand and began a career in the very music that celebrates hard living, drinking and woman that know how to take your mind off things, only to land you in more trouble.
Fast-forward to 2008. Solomon King starts hanging out at Babe and Ricky’s the now defunct, seminal South Central Los Angeles Blues Club. If there is such a thing as a hipster destination for blues, this is it. And King belongs.
The same year Solomon releases his first album “Under The Sun,” produced by Motown legend Sylvester Rivers who brings in the ace rhythm section of Motown hit makers. Surprisingly (but not to King), “Under The Sun” is nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Contemporary Blues Album” category. Two of the songs from that album, “Jack Me Up” and “Frankie and Johnnie,” are featured in the first season of HBO’s “True Blood.” Suddenly the grit and grime of King’s native Detroit seem a million miles away, compared to the glitz and glam of Hollywood. Of course, there’s a cautionary tale to be told here, as well: As that glitters is rarely gold.
2009 Solomon King stars as Phil Spector in the feature film: "The Phil Spector Incident". What really happened on the night Lana Clarkson was shot dead in Spector's mansion? An extraordinary whacked out black comedy... not for the faint of heart.
In 2011 Solomon collaborates with esoteric producer Marvin Etzioni to create “Medicine.” This album turns its back on formula pop blues and returns to early John Lee Hooker and Bo Diddley: no-nonsense, no filter in your face guitar, drums, vocals. Either you get it or you don’t. Some did. Some didn’t. Some will. Some won’t.
Next came Train, a solid album from beginning to end. Solomon pays homage to traditional blues, but plays the Blues in a style all his own. Building on the blues elements found in Medicine, Solomon adds in some rock elements of Cream, the Rolling Stones, and George Thorogood. He blends in the singer/songwriting vocal styling of Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, and Don ‘Doop’ Duprie. Mix this all together and you have what is called Solomon King.
Fast forward to today, a few weeks away from the launch of the new album, Against the Current, described by Huffpost as "A lucky seven combination of eclectic love songs and superb musicianship" oozing with music that pays homage to the greats like Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Bowie and of course Johnny Cash.The new album is deeply rooted in the Blues of his native Motown but “that voice” hasn't been heard since Johnny Cash. With "Against the Current" Solomon conjures up the ghosts of musical legends but Solomon King does not copy other artists. Rather he proudly steals from the wealth of the past to create what will be stolen in the future. “that voice” is back!