Sol Chase was born into a tribe of hippies and musicians and learned to play folk songs in the fields and forests of Europe during early years on the road. Through a long stint in the energetic jamgrass scene of the Colorado Rockies and several years leading bands in the musical melting pot of Austin, Texas, Sol’s style emerged as an eclectic blend of bluegrass and Americana, led by his formidable mandolin playing and heartfelt vocals.
Sol’s first solo project is a 4-track EP that explores the wide variety of themes that the name implies. The opener, “Telluride” is a Wild West story of misguided violence and callous machismo. As the album progresses, the characters in Sol’s songs soften, becoming first bitter in standout single “Frost” and finally solemn and contemplative in “The Best Songwriters are Women.” This final track deppics the marginalization of women in the music industry and lifts up the perspective of female-identifying artists, whose voices overtake Sol’s in the song’s final chorus and close the album down.
Sol has recorded with Third Eye Blind, shared the stage with The California Honeydrops, and opened for Shinyribs and The Sweet Lillies, among many others. Sol will celebrate the release of the EP at the Cactus Cafe on April 14th, with a slot at Old Settler’s Music Festival in Central Texas, and with a tour of Colorado in the summer of 2023