"IT'S ABOUT EVERYBODY DANCING AND HAVING A GOOD TIME" KING SOLOMON HICKS TALKS ABOUT THE BLUES

We talk whiskey and heartbreak with Harlem blues guitarist, King Solomon Hicks



King Solomon Hicks picked up the guitar at the age of 6 and hasn't looked back. Despite only being 27 he's already shared the stage with some of the biggest names in blues music.


We caught up with Solomon ahead of his debut UK show at the legendary 100 Club in London.


Photogroupie

Hi Solomon, what are you up to at the moment?


King Solomon Hicks

Right now I'm in New York City, Harlem. I'm in the car now because later on, I'm gonna head to Kirt Yano's studio, Studio 99 out in Brooklyn. Kirk is the one that produced the album that got the Blues Foundation award out in Memphis. And I'm in the process of recording a new album now, putting the pieces together, and choosing which artists I want to collaborate with. A lot of times I shoot over to Brooklyn and we record and we work on the magic. I'm excited to be playing at the 100 Club and they have a cool band. I'm using this guy, Steve Holley (drummer) and Steve has been in wings with Paul McCartney and played with Ian Hunter. He's a really good blues-rock veteran. Steve Holley and Kirk Yano, both of those guys are doing the run with me out to Europe.


Photogroupie

It's cool to have both of them in your band for the gig at the 100 Club.


King Solomon Hicks

Oh, yeah. Well, you know, we back each other up and he (Kirt) produced the music and it's cool just to be able to play some of the songs off the album live.


Photogroupie

You have Toby Lee supporting too.


King Solomon Hicks

It's my first time meeting him as well. So a lot of firsts for me this round, you know, Everybody has played at the 100 club: The Sex Pistols, The Kinks, one of my favourites, Muddy Waters, Jackie Wilson. All the peopl