Five Firsts: Carolann Solebello
NAME: Carolann Solebello
INSTRUMENT: Guitar, dobro, mandolin, vocals, etc.
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Saturday Night Fever. Double album. I saved for months to get the nine dollars to buy it. I think I was eleven years old. I did not see the film until I was in my thirties, which is probably a very good thing.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … U2. Madison Square Garden, New York City, late ’80s. I was on a date. The boy and I parted ways shortly thereafter, but the memory of that concert will live with me until the day I die. Hearing Bono sing with the New Voices of Freedom may have convinced me once and for all of the existence of the divine.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … A red acoustic guitar from Sears. I was six years old. Best Christmas present ever.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “Cleaning Women” from the musical “Working.” I was 17 years old and so happy to have a solo number in my first musical. I think I made my mother cry.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … New York City folk-rock quartet CC Railroad, with songwriters Rich Boniface, Ryder Daniels and Cheryl Prashker. The gentlemen have since retreated to more sensible and private pursuits, while Cheryl and I still run about performing folk music in public. CCRR played together from 1999 until 2004, when everyone moved out of NYC except me. We four are all still great friends and consider ourselves on indefinite hiatus. We hope to organize a big, splashy reunion tour sometime before all our hair turns gray.
Formerly a member of Red Molly, Carolann Solebello will be one of the featured performers at Chicks With Dip’s “Joni Mitchell’s Blue: A 40th Anniversary Celebration” at WAMC-FM’s The Linda at 8pm on Saturday (March 9). Also performing at the tribute concert will be Meg Braun, Sharon Goldman, Victoria Lavington, Catherine Miles, Karyn Oliver, Elisa Peimer, Allison Scola and Allison Tartalia.