Sol Roots Releases New Single, ‘Forgiveness’ ft. Phil Wiggins [Single Review]

By Josh Brick / March 8, 2018

Renowned DC-area guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Sol Roots recently released a new single titled 'Forgiveness' ft. harmonica legend Phil Wiggins in anticipation of a new album later this year. The song was recently featured in the CD Sampler of the March issue of Relix and is an exciting release for the accomplished DC artist. 

Photo by Hawkeye Lens

Sol is backed by a rhythm section of veteran bandmates Andreas Holstrom (bass) and Scott Rabino (drums) who provide a tight groove on the upbeat track. Wiggins beautifully weaves his harmonica phrasing behind the band as Sol's displays smooth vocal stanzas. "When I was on the verge of going insane... I found forgiveness" he laments, as he sings of redemption and finding oneself.

The song has a positive feel as the band's chemistry is apparent as Wiggins demonstrates his harp-playing pedigree several impressive solos. Sol provides some intricate guitar playing but largely leaves the door open for Wiggins to go off, at one point urging him to "go ahead." 

The track is a promising release from Sol Roots, who can be seen live in the DMV in venues like The Hamilton, JV's and JoJo Bar, where he has a weekly residency on Sunday nights. Check out 'Forgiveness' at https://solroots.bandcamp.com and purchase the single for $1. DC Music Review will bring you any updates regarding the upcoming album!

'Forgiveness' was recorded at Pickup Productions and Satori Studios and mixed at Satori Studios.

Sol Roots band performs a mix of New Orleans funk, raw blues, energetic rock, deep grooves, and southern soul. The band has shared the stage with groups such as Jon Cleary, Soulive, Dumpstaphunk, Booker T Jones, Eric Lindell, Shemekia Copeland and many more. Sol has toured with many musical legends around the world as part of Music Maker Revue. Sol Roots is an official Home Grown Music Network artist and a "Next Generation" Music Maker Relief Foundation artist. Courtesy of www.solrootsmusic.com.

Washington, D.C. native Phil Wiggins, a Takoma Park, Maryland, resident, blues musician, teacher and artistic director, a two time winner of the prestigious WC Handy Blues Foundation awards, is only the third harmonica player to receive the lifetime honor of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Today he is the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of being a “Master of Traditional Arts.” Often referred to by its unofficial designation as “Living Cultural Treasure” award, the fellowship honors and preserves the diverse cultural heritage in the United States. Courtesy of www.philwiggins.com

About the author

Josh Brick

Josh Brick is amongst the most prolific photographers in the Washington, DC area. On any given night Josh can be found literally at any venue in and around the Washington, Maryland, and Virginia landscape.