Lenny Solomon is one of Cambridge’s best kept secrets. A songwriter/singer, he’s been performing for over 40 years writing hundreds of songs in styles ranging from folk, to country, to blues. Since 2002 he has released four CDs and has won over a dozen songwriting awards. He will now grace the stage at Passim.
Lenny Solomon’s style has been compared to John Prine, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Solomon began his career in the late 1960s and was the second act booked when the Club 47 reopened as Club Passim. He aslo headlined Passim’s first New Years eve show. A fixture at the long defunct Idler Coffeehouse in Harvard Square, he regularly performed there on Friday nights for over eight years. The Idler was a training ground for such music luminaries as Geoff Bartley, Paul Rishell, Spider John Koerner, and Ric Ocasek. During these years he shared bills with many name performers including Chris Smither, Carolyn Hester, Bonnie Raitt, and Spider John.
From the 1980s through the mid-1990s, Solomon continued to write songs, but rarely performed, instead choosing to raise his family and work in environmental research at Harvard University. From 1978 though 2009 he managed a research program that investigated ozone depletion in the stratosphere and more general aspects of climate change.
In 1997 Solomon began performing again and formed a folk/country band. Performing his original material, Solomon has released four CDs, Not Life Threatening, Armando’s Pie, Maybe Today, and Under My Hat. Songs from these albums have been aired on over 150 radio stations around the country and around the world.