Most familiar to folk audiences as a founding member of the celebrated female trio Red Molly, Carolann Solebello returned to solo performance in August 2010 after six years of steady touring with the band. Her fourth solo CD, Steel and Salt, was released in August 2013. Carolann is the winner of the 2011 Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival Songwriting Competition, and was an Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in 2012.
A New York City native, Carolann first fell in love with mountain music – and the bluegrass and country that grew out of that tradition – while working as an actor in East Tennessee and Kansas. Tunes and techniques she learned from musicians in both places fundamentally changed her approach to songwriting and guitar playing, and subsequently colored her work with Red Molly.
Produced by Fred Gillen, Jr., Steel and Salt marks a change of direction for Carolann in several ways. Though her smooth, compelling voice and warm acoustic guitar remain the hub on which everything else turns, the sonic landscape of Steel and Salt hums with electricity, and the lyrical content lies curled in the shadow of the towers, bridges, and highways of Carolann's birthplace and home, New York City. The characters and stories on Steel and Salt spring from the asphalt and bedrock, from the harbor and the rivers, and are as gritty and beautiful as the world they inhabit. And, like the people of that great city, they candidly speak their minds on a range of topics, using carefully cultivated urban armor to protect tender, compassionate hearts.
In addition to Steel and Salt, Carolann has three previous solo albums to her credit: Threshold (2011), Glass of Desire (2009) - both produced by Gillen - and her self-produced debut album, Just Across the Water (2000).
Carolann recorded three full-length CDs with Red Molly. In 2006, the live CD Never Been to Vegas earned the trio Best New Artist status at WUMB Boston. Their 2008 folllow-up, Love and Other Tragedies, spent ten weeks in the Americana Top 15, and Carolann’s song “Summertime” was the #1 song on the Folk DJ chart in July 2008. James, released in 2010, peaked at #4 on the Americana chart, and was #23 on the 2010 AMA Top 100.
Red Molly toured nationally during Carolann’s tenure with the band, and was privileged to perform at numerous festivals, including: Merlefest (NC), Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY), Woody Guthrie Folk Festival (OK), New Bedford Summerfest (MA), Musikfest (PA), and Philadelphia Folk Festival (PA).
Carolann continues to earn accolades performing her New York-inflected brand of original and traditional Americana as a solo artist. She makes her home in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and young son.
100 Word Bio:
Most familiar to folk audiences as a founding member of the female trio Red Molly, CAROLANN SOLEBELLO returned to solo performance in August 2010 after six years with the band. She toured nationally and recorded three full-length CDs with Red Molly. On her own, Carolann has recorded four CDs, including 2013's Steel and Salt, and is carving out a rich and varied career as a singer-songwriter. Carolann is the winner of the 2011 Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival Songwriting Competition, and was an Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International and the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance in 2012.
60 Word Bio:
Most familiar to folk audiences as a founding member of the female trio Red Molly, CAROLANN SOLEBELLO returned to solo performance in 2010 after six years with the band. She toured nationally and recorded three full-length CDs with Red Molly. Solo, Carolann has recorded four CDs, including 2013’s Steel and Salt, and is carving out a rich and varied career as a singer-songwriter.
Carolann has played
Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, Elmer NJ
Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, Franklin MA
Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Fair Lawn NJ
Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton MA
Kennett Flash, Kennett Square PA
Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown NJ
Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead MA
Outpost in the Burbs, Montclair NJ
Passim, Cambridge MA
Six On The Square, Oxford NY
The Living Room, New York NY
The Minstrel, Morristown NJ
Tin Angel, Philadelphia PA
Towne Crier Cafe, Pawling NY
Carolann has opened for
Vance Gilbert, John Gorka, Tracy Grammer, John Hall, The Kennedys, Dave Mason, Lynn Miles, Garnet Rogers, David Wilcox, Jack Williams, Phil Vassar
2011 Winner, Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival Songwriting Competition, Havre de Grace MD
Open Air Family Music Festival, Scarsdale NY
Black Potatoe Music Festival, Clinton NJ
Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, New York NY
Steel and Salt (2013)
Glass of Desire (2009)
Just Across the Water (2000)
with Red Molly
Love and Other Tragedies (2008)
Never Been to Vegas (2006)
Red Molly (2005)
with CC Railroad
Black Horse Motel (2004)
Smile Whatever (2001)
Erik Balkey Sanctuary Road (2005) vocals
Beaucoup Blue Free to Fall (2009) vocals
Marc Douglas Berardo Downhauler (2010) vocals
Mark Allen Berube Suspicious Fish (2005) vocals
Mark Berube Shut Up So I Can Play (2000) vocals
Meg Braun Tomboy Princess (2009) bass, vocals
Chicks With Dip Joni Mitchell's Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration (2012) vocals, guitar
Anthony da Costa Quality Time (2007) vocals
Fred Gillen, Jr. Silence of the Night (2012) vocals
Fred Gillen, Jr. Cost of Freedom (2007) vocals
Sharon Goldman Sleepless Lullaby (2010) vocals
Sharon Goldman Shake the Stars (2006) bass
Sharon Edry (Goldman) Semi-Broken Heart (2004) co-producer, backing vocals, mandolin
Molly Pitcher Watching the Rain (2001) bass
Cheryl Prashker It's All About the Drums (2007) bass, vocals
Robbie Schaefer Strange and Lovely World (2008) vocals
Pat Wictor Sunset Waltz (2008) vocals