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Solomon King, UNDER THE SUN guitarist, singer: Mr. Media Audio Interview

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Guitarist Solomon King jacks up Mr. Media!


Back in the day of the old American Dream, Solomon King lived in Detroit City and worked at the big automobile dream factory. But the promise of fulfilling that big dream quickly faded into the assembly line Blues. Mind-numbing monotonous hours, and a daily grind of soul-destroying work, eased only by lots of booze, broads, and the never-ending Friday night cocaine Blues. Reflecting on those times, he says, "There was a lot of hurting going on. It's too hazy to remember. But one thing was constant. I always had the Blues. Well, truth is the Blues always had me. We were joined at the hip."

Then the layoffs hit. Out of work, Solomon tossed his trusty acoustic guitar into the trunk of a Ford Maverick and headed west. He managed to dodge some occasional scrapes with the law along the way and when he ran out of road found himself in L.A. Different town, different dream, same factory—the Hollywood Creedo of "Hurry up and wait". The endless hours of unemployment and nothing to do drove Solomon to playing his guitar and "writing songs about what I knew best—the Blues."

"Jack Me Up" (currently sizzling on YouTube) and "Frankie & Johnny," both from his soon-to-be-released CD, was featured on two episodes of HBO's Golden Globe winning “True Blood” series.

Currently in the studio to record his first full length CD, Solomon King has gathered together some of the musical legends of hometown Motown including: Ray Parker, Jr. (Ghostbusters), Ollie "Olliewood" Brown (Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder), and Reggie McBride (on the road with Keb'Mo).

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