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Solid Air: Bio

Solid Air Bio - Background & Info

Solid Air is a music group based north of San Francisco, led by co-founders Allegra Broughton (vocals, guitar), and Sam Page (vocals, bass, baritone slide guitar), native Californians who have been performing their blend of rootsy originals and eclectic covers together for over twenty years at fairs, festivals, clubs, concert stages and coffeehouses. They have eight albums, including the excellent Grammy-nominated CD Solid Air: Allegra Broughton & Sam Page, Jackalope Records (Aug. 2007); a song on Nina Gerber’s 2007 CD, “Good Music with Good People”, which features Jackson Browne, Eliza Gilkyson, Greg Brown & more. Both Sam and Allegra record and perform with other groups. Sam: Elvin Bishop, Barry Melton, NRPS, Grandpa Banana Band, whose new CD “Even Grandpas Get the Blues” features guests Ry Cooder, David Grisman & more, Angela Strehli, Joe New. Allegra: Wild Catahoulas, Laughing Gravy, SoulJoy, Lucky Buck, Detroit Disciples. She also hosts “The Connections Show”on KRCB FM 91, www.krcb.org.

Highlights: 2005/2010 Kate Wolf Music Festival, 2010 Norton Buffalo Memorial Festival, 2011 Sausalito Arts Festival, radio shows 2008 West Coast Live & 2011 KRSH-FM 501 Blues, KWMR’s 2007 “Sweethearts of the Radio”, 2011 Tribute to Gram Parsons Show, opening for Loudon Wainwright III (2010) & Dan Hicks (2009) at Petaluma’s Mystic Theater. Featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine (Jan.’95 & Nov. ‘07); nominated for 1992 S.F. WAMMIES, NORBAY Award nominees (2007-2009); Kerrville Music Festival Finalists 1989; international radio airplay and rave reviews. Solid Air performs as an acoustic duo, trio, and four-piece band with high energy vocals, stellar musicianship, top-notch original songs and classics by Beatles, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, etc.

Reviews: “One of the North Bay’s Brightest Gems”, Larry Kelp, KPFA-FM, Berkeley, CA
“Allegra has an extraordinary voice that is at once achingly sweet and remarkably powerful”, Michele Anna Jordan, Dec. 2011, Press Democrat, CA
“Great Alterna-Country rockin’ band from northern California...Broughton warbles like a bird in one breath and rocks hard when the material demands it”, Bob Cianci, River Reporter, NY
“Soulfully incandescent vocals; an enormously gifted band”, Chris Garcia, Press Democrat, CA

Sam Page - vocals, fretted & fretless electric bass, EUB, acoustic bass, baritone slide guitar

He co-writes many of the songs, and plays both fretless & fretted electric bass, as well as both stand-up acoustic and electric upright bass. Born in Bishop, California and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and Oklahoma, Sam has been playing bass and guitar since he was a child, recording and performing in a wide variety of musical styles.

SOLID AIR - folk-rock/Americana.
ELVIN BISHOP - blues. 2004 Tour and "album "Gettin' My Groove Back"
RANCHO ALL-STARS - classic R'n'B. Featuring Angela Strehli, Mike Duke (Wet WIllie, Huey Lewis), with guests David Jenkins (Pablo Cruise), Earl Thomas, Annie Sampson, Carlos Guitarlos, Henry Butler, more.
JOE NEW - Americana. "West of the West" album. (Del McCoury)
BARRY MELTON BAND - psychedelic rock. (Country Joe & the Fish)
GRANDPA BANANA - bluegrass. (Youngbloods)
NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE - psychedelic country-rock.
HOT FRITTATAS - Italian/French/Euro Café music.
NINA GERBER - contemporary acoustic/guitarist/producer.
WILD CATAHOULAS - cajun/zydeco dance band.
CALIFORNIA ZEPHYR - country/folk/rock/world
NORTON BUFFALO - country boogie rock.
SARAH ELIZABETH CAMPBELL - original country folk.
LAUGHING GRAVY - acoustic rock/Americana.

Allegra Broughton - songwriter, vocals, acoustic and electric guitars

Fourth generation Californian born in San Francisco, she had the good fortune to see the Beatles at the S.F. Cow Palace, which left a lifelong impression. She studied recorder, piano, and cello only to chuck it all for singing and playing guitar after Joni Mitchell appeared on the scene. She graduated from the School of Expressive Arts at Sonoma State University in 1982, studied voice with Bobby McFerrin, and has performed in a variety of ensembles as well as having an enduring commitment to writing songs. She is equally at home yodeling her way through Patsy Montana's "Cowboy's Sweetheart", belting out a Gospel song, crooning a sweet waltz in cajun French, or singing a heartfelt ballad of her own.

She is a DJ on KRCB-FM 91.1 Santa Rosa Public Radio, hosting the "Connections" Show on alternate Wednesday evenings, where she shares her love of all kinds of music, with a special fondness for great singers in all genres, world music, R&B, and good old rock and roll.

SOLID AIR - singer/songwriter - folk-rock/Americana.
WILD CATAHOULAS - cajun/zydeco dance band.
SOULJOY - Gospel R'n'B Revue.
LAUGHING GRAVY - acoustic rock, Americana.
THE COUNTRY ALL-STARS - vintage country & western.

Back-Up Vocals on many albums, including:
DOUG JAYNE (singer/songwriter)
DETROIT DISCIPLES (southern rock)
LUCKY BUCK & THE WINNERS (honky-tonk country)
THE SORENTINOS - (rock 'n' roll)
ADAM MILLER - (traditional folk)

LIVE BAND PERSONNEL & ALUMNI:

RICK CUTLER - Solid Air's main squeeze on the drums since 1992, rocks steady at any volume.
STEVE BARBIERI - the Ultimate Riffmeister on electric & acoustic guitar, vocals and harmonica, from Beatles to Blues.
VIC CARBERRY - drums and percussion with flair and finesse.
KENDRICK FREEMAN - drums and percussion that encompass world music and jazz.
RUSS GAUTHIER - fiddle, mandolin, banjo, electric and acoustic guitars and vocals.
BOBBY LEE - pedal steel guitar & founder of the Steel Guitar Forum.
JOHN R. BURR - interstellar piano, keyboards.
JIM MCCARTY -drummer extraordinaire.
DAVID PHILLIPS - pedal steel guitar, electric guitar.
JOHN SALZ -played incredible electric guitar with Solid Air 1993-2010. We miss you, John.