Friday 8 June 2018
Guitarist Solomon Hicks has been called all kinds of names, such as “King” Solomon by his fans, but also Lil’ B.B. and East Montgomery. It’s all because he seamlessly merges jazz and blues and at such a tender age. Now in his early twenties, Solomon started playing the lead guitar at New York’s Cotton Club at age 13 and has been doing so for nine years straight. With a 13-piece band, no less! His fourth and latest album, Carrying On The Torch Of The Blues, was released in 2015 and featured appearances by Southside Johnny and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band saxophonist Jake Clemons. Hicks has collaborated with many great artists such as Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Mike Stern, and Lee Ritenour, among others. He regularly plays a variety of New York Clubs, but also works at sea: he opened up for Joe Bonamassa on the Blues Cruise and also for KISS on their KISS Kruise V. His first album on the Mascot label will be released this fall.