– known to many of his fans as the Sun Mountain Fiddler – was seriously injured on May 28, when he was aboard a cabin cruiser that hit an unmarked submerged rock on the Fall River in Massachusetts. He went flying, breaking a table and ending up on his back on the deck unable to move his arms or legs. He was Medivaced to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence with a scalp wound, two broken ribs and trauma to his neck and spine. He’s home now after lots of hospital time and many more hours of physical therapy. “I’m on the mend. Everything works – just not that well,” says Solberg. “63 years of the world’s best luck, followed quickly by a fraction of an instant’s bad luck…ups and downs.” He was forced to cancel six weeks of gigs, but he’s hoping that he might be able to get back in the spotlight in time for upcoming gigs later this month at the Lion’s Den at the Red Lion Inn
in Stockbridge at 8pm on Sunday (July 17) and the Inn at Saratoga
in Saratoga Springs (7pm on Friday, July 22). Stay tuned to his website
No, it’s not about the economy, but the Charlie Watts Riots have down-sized from a quartet to a trio, following the departure of guitarist-vocalist Brendan Pendergast. The parting is amicable (Pendergast was in the crowd cheering on his former band at McGerary’s last Thursday), and as a power trio, CWR pump out a somewhat leaner, more muscular sound, packing more power into their power-pop. New tunes – like “Omaha” and the stompin’ “Caveman” – take advantage of the band’s new less-is-more approach.