Sam plays on new Grandpa Banana CD with Ry Cooder
January 14, 2012
Just released - the new album by Grandpa Banana's Band, "Even Grandpas Get the Blues".
The band is: Banana (founding member of the Youngbloods) on vocals, 5-string tenor guitar, tenor guitar, guitar, banjo, piano & siren; Sam Page - acoustic bass & vocals; David Thom - mandolin & vocals; and Ethan Turner - drums.
Special guests include Ry Cooder, Barry Melton, David Grisman, Chad Manning, Steve Kimock, Michael, Barclay, Roger Volz, Thomas Ford & Bobby Vega. Excellent album - all acoustic. Check it out at: http://www.grandpabanana.com
August 31, 2011
In Memoriam: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of Solid Air’s musical family, guitarist John Salz, who passed away Wed. Aug. 24, 2011. A phenomenal guitarist, prolific songwriter, player with many bands and a kind and gentle soul whose spirit lives on in the music he gave to the world. He will be greatly missed.
John's stellar guitar playing with Solid Air can be heard on “Broke Down in the Middle” from Connections I (Jackalope), “Local Color”, “When We Kiss”, “For What It’s Worth” and “Pioneers” on Local Color (Globe Records), “Beating of My Heart” and “Heartbreak Town” from Heartbreak Town (Globe Records).
November 13, 2009
For Facebook afficiandos, Allegra has a Facebook page. There is also a Facebook page for the Connections with Allegra Broughton Radio Show on KRCB, so you can become a Fan if you'd like.
August 30, 2009
Allegra DJ's on KRCB-FM 91.1
January 28, 2009
Announcement from Doug Jayne, DJ, songwriter, record mogul & Dude Extraordinaire:
TONIGHT! January 28, 2009 8pm-10pm Left Coast Time
I am very pleased to announce that my good friend and fellow Laughing Gravy band mate
Allegra Broughton has joined KRCB as a host of Connections.
We will alternate Wednesday evenings, but tonight we will host the show together.
Doug & Allegra singin' & strummin'
Allegra is a fantastic singer & songwriter and has been performing around Sonoma County with her husband Sam Page in the band Solid Air for a long time. I remember seeing them at Rosie's Cantina in Cotati in 1980!!
Every time we have asked Allegra to help us out at KRCB she has said "YES".
Whether it was contributing a song to one of our KRCB fundraising CD's, or performing LIVE on the the air, Allegra has supported Radio 91.
So please tune in tonight and help welcome our new programmer to the airwaves.
KRCB can be heard at 90.9 & 91.1 FM in the North Bay or online here all over the world... http://www.krcb.org/Live-Stream/Radio-content/Live-Stream
Be talking to you,
Program Host / Connections
KRCB Radio 90.9 & 91.1 FM
5850 Labath Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
2008 NORBAYs Nomination
September 10, 2008
We are proud to announce that Solid Air has been nominated in the Folk/Acoustic category for the 4th Annual NORBAYs, the North Bay Music Awards sponsored by The Bohemian Newspaper.
Please go online and vote for us by Friday Sept. 19 at:
Go down the home page to where it says:
Vote Today! 4th Annual NORBAYs
REVIEW OF FREIGHT & SALVAGE SHOW
July 31, 2008
Fun at the Freight & Salvage
July 12, 2008
What a great night at the Freight & Salvage, joining our long-time pal, fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Dale Miller, for a night of tasty acoustic blues (Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Rev. Gary Davis), original songs, and spirituals. Especially noteworthy were the Sam 'n' Dale duelin' slide duets, with Sam on Teisco baritone guitar and Dale on National Tricone and Resonator guitars. We were also joined by "Mighty Mite" Katie White on fiddle for several tunes and her mom Jean for the encore.
June 29, 2008
Smoke from the many wildfires eased a bit today, and we had a great time playing at Cotati's one-of-a-kind recycled art contest, "Oh Rapture, it's Scrapture". This annual event is sponsored by Recycletown and attracts artists and spectators from all over.
Solid Air on MySpace
December 17, 2007
New album on iTunes
November 14, 2007
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
September 24, 2007
Hey - we're featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine Nov. 2007 (#179) talking about the real life world of gigging musicians...
GUITAR PRO: GIG
Real-World Portable PAs. Nine hardworking musicians offer advice for choosing a gig-worthy rig. By Andy Ellis.
August 29, 2007
Equally flattering and closer to home, Solid Air has been nominated in the Folk/Acoustic category for the 3rd Annual Norbays, the North Bay Music Awards.
Please go online and vote for us by Sept. 19 at:
Go down the page to where it says:
Vote Today! 3rd Annual NORBAYs
Click here to take survey.
August 28, 2007
Our NEW ALBUM Solid Air “ALLEGRA BROUGHTON & SAM PAGE” has been nominated in the Contemporary Folk Americana category for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Wow – if you are a Recording Academy member and can cast a vote for Solid Air, we’d be mighty pleased.
NEW ALBUM IS HERE!
August 12, 2007
We are excited to announce the release of our new album on Jackalope Records. There are 11 new original songs, plus one by Scottish songwriter/guitarist John Martyn. Special guests include Nina Gerber, Gary Vogensen, John R. Burr, Steve Barbieri, Danny Sorentino, Rick Cutler, Vic Carberry, the Hot Frittatas, and THE BIG CHORUS.
You can pick up a copy at shows, by mail order from us: Solid Air, P.O. Box 733, Penngrove, CA 94951, at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa, and at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/solidair6
SOLID AIR on new NINA GERBER album
August 1, 2007
Solid Air (Sam & Allegra with Steve Barbieri on guitar) are track#2 on Nina Gerber's atest release, "Good NMusic with Good People", featuring Nina Gerber playing with numerous artists from past Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festivals. (Jackson Browne, Eliza Gilkyson, Bruce Cockburn, Laurie Lewis, Greg Brown, Terry Garthwaite, John Gorka, and many others. www.ninagerber.com
BIG CHORUS joins Solid Air in Studio
April 29, 2007
Happening Afternoon at Jackalope Studios in Santa Rosa. The Jackalope Tabernacle Choir (32 voices strong!) joined Solid Air in the studio to sing on the chorus of "Not a War Song", to be included on the upcoming new Solid Air release on Jackalope Records.
"Local Color" review by J.M. Berry
March 23, 2007
CD Review 3/15/07 in Sonoma Sun: “Local Color” from Solid Air. Sam Page and Allegra Broughton have been doing their act for over 10 years, regularly appearing at Murphy’s. Although the CD was released in 2004, it just made its way into my hands and I’ve had trouble keeping it out of my CD player. The 12-tune disc is mostly original music with a couple classy covers. I guess I would have to put them in the folk rock genre but there’s more to the tunes than that. Allegra’s voice is very versatile, giving me a Linda Ronstadt feel but she also has a Bonnie Raitt and even a Nina Gerber thing goin’. The vocal harmonies are nice and the musicians they lined up for this disc show just how much they’ve been around the scene. Norton Buffalo, Kendrick Freeman, John Salz and even the late Vince Welnick to name a few. The CD is available on iTunes.
Reviewer J. M. Berry is host of 91.3 KSVY Sonoma radio’s Sonoma Valley Music Scene heard Thursday nights from 8-10. He can be reached at email@example.com
Sweethearts of the Radio Show
February 11, 2007
Thanks to all of you on the mailing list for participating in our "win free tickets" music trivia contest. Q. What famous music event happened on Feb. 9, 1964? A. Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Our winners were Chet Gardiner and his lovely partner Ann. Special suprise guest with Peter Rowan & Jody Stecher was Maria Muldaur. A fun show for all!
Rancho All-Stars Extravaganza
November 4, 2006
As some of you may know, Sam plays bass with the Rancho All-Stars, house band of the Marin County (California) nightclub Rancho Nicasio. They play a great variety of highly danceable originals and covers in the blues/soul/r'n'B tradition, and the regular line-up includes Mike Duke (Delbert McClinton), Angela Strehli, & Billy Lewis (Roy Rogers). They usually feature a special guest, and last night's was the great guitarist/singer David Jenkins (Pablo Cruise, Southern Pacific). Then Elvin Bishop sat in for a stellar set, blues crooner Les Bailey sang a few, saxophonist Rita Thies played all night, and I got to sing with Angela on a couple of songs. Wow - what a night. You never know who will show up at the Rancho!
Show at Soho 10/24
October 25, 2006
Hey what fun - what started out as a duo concert morphed into a full folk-rock band show in a mere matter of hours. Rick (drums) called the day of the show to say "Hey, can Steve (guitar) and I crash your gig tonight?", and what a gas it was. We've all known clubowner Jay for ages, are are sad to see him close up shop. Also great to see our longtime fan and songwriting pal Dave Monterey, too.
New album started
October 14, 2006
We have just recorded basic tracks for 10 new songs at Harry Gale's Route 44 Studios in Sebastopol, California.