Sol Roots has performed at many premier festivals and venues across the east coast US, and his band includes musicians that have worked with Tommy Castro, Hobex, Corey Harris, Deanna Bogart, Jah Works, Mike Zito, Squirrel Nut Zippers and more.
Paying homage to the greats, Sol seeks to push musical boundaries and bring Roots Music to a new generation of listeners.
On Thursday February 23, Sol performs an set at Rams Head Tavern located at 33 West St Annapolis, Maryland. This set will include stripped down raw funk, blues, and roots, and will be immediately be following the Otis Taylor Rams Head show. The Sol Roots trio presentation will include phenomenal DC area bassist Andreas Holmstrom and drummer Scott Rabino, who has also worked with blues legend Tommy Castro.
Rams Head prides itself on showcasing the best in national, regional, and local DC, MD music talent. This show is part of a music series presenting the best in regional talent.
Otis Taylor is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include the guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and vocals. In 2001, he was awarded a fellowship to the Sundance Film Composers Laboratory. and as of 2008, has released nine blues albums on several record labels. His music tends to focus on the hard realities of life, especially relating to the black community. Some common themes in his music are murder, racism, poverty, and the need for redemption. To date, Taylor has eleven Blues Music Awards nominations while White African was named 'Best Artist Debut'.
Down Beat magazine critics' Poll named Taylor's Truth is Not Fiction as Blues CD of the Year for 2002. Living Blues readers' poll awarded Taylor (along with Etta James) the "Best Blues Entertainer"
His 2008 effort, Recapturing the Banjo, was an attempt to reconnect himself and the world with the true African origins of the banjo. "There may not be," claimed Down Beat in a review, "a better roots album released this year or decade than Recapturing the Banjo."
Otis Taylor will also have Cris Jacobs (front man for The Bridge) opening the Thursday night Rams Head show. The Bridge is an American jam band. They are based out of Baltimore, Maryland. The band is known for their live performances, blending "various elements of blues, folk, funk and bluegrass"
"Sol is an impressive guitar player! Sol has an assured, confident voice that matches well with the bravado of his guitar playing. The album 'Freedom' proved to be quite a discovery for me.... "- J. Evan Wade - Home Grown Music Network
"Sol is an exceptional guitarist & a wonderful spirit....with an extraordinary ability to fit the perfect approach and composition."-
“A fierce guitarist and soulful singer...”- Woodsy - JamBase
“Sol's playing has been described as “musical glue," holding together many grooves and personalities. He has backed up legendary artists like Taj Mahal and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, opened for Robert Randolph, Wood Brothers, and has played with more obscure artists who have had unique perspectives and sounds. Though it all, he has learned many valuable lessons and is still able to hold on to the one thing that ties us all spiritually to one another — music.” - Jeff Reid - The Beat Magazine