San Diego, CA – June 16, 2009 – Solid Ground, the debut album from Sara Wasserman, seven year’s in the making, is released today by That Other Label, a division of San Diego-based Pacific Coast Jazz.

Wasserman, the daughter of legendary bassist Rob Wasserman graced the stage at Santa Rosa, CA’s Harmony Festival last week where she was joined by her father for a set that was tremendously received by the crowd. The elder Wasserman is a guest musician on Solid Ground as are Aaron Neville who duets on “Fly Away,” jazz bassist Christian McBride, the legendary Lou Reed, turntablist extraordinaire DJ Logic, Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins as well as Living Colour’s Vernon Reid.

While the eleven tracks on the album, produced by Sara and Randy Emata, reflect a free-spirited eclecticism, quite a few radio stations have started playing Sara’s music following her attendance at the Non-COMM radio conference in Philadelphia last month. These include stations in such diverse markets as Montgomery, AL, Baltimore, MD, Madison, WI, Philadelphia and many, many more. *

In support of the album’s release, Sara will be playing two upcoming club dates joined by New Orleans piano great Henry Butler. She’s at Yoshi’s in San Francisco on Tuesday, July 28th and will fly immediately thereafter, to New York where she’ll play two shows at Joe’s Pub on Friday, July 31. Sara will be on tour with RatDog throughout the US at select dates in July, August and September that will be announced within the new few weeks.

Like the airplay situation, critical acclaim for Solid Ground is building as the album “streets” this week in both physical and digital formats. The Austin American Statesman commented, “Sara Wasserman has not only a musical pedigree but also a gigantic, glittering soprano that an ‘American Idol’ would kill for.” ICON Magazine noted, “Wasserman demonstrates her ability to get inside a song… Solid Ground showcases her skills as a pop, jazz and rock vocalist.” All Music Guide’s review of the album included a trenchant analysis: “the star power that fuels Solid Ground constitutes a family tradition. Happily, Sara Wasserman proves worthy of all the attention, writing a series of quality jazz/blues songs and singing them in a slightly throaty contralto that is full of feeling.” AMG’s notice continued, calling the album “a debut that easily transcends being just the sum of its guest shots.”

Solid Ground track listing

1. LITTLE BIRD w/ Christian McBride (R. Wasserman / J. Shear)
2. I AM A SONG w/Christian McBride (A. Neville / S. Wasserman / R. Emata / R. Wasserman)
3. LEAP OF FAITH w/ DJ Logic and Rob Wasserman (S. Wasserman / P. Farmstad / R. Emata)
4. FLY AWAY w/ Aaron Neville (S. Wasserman / P. Farmstad)
5. SARA SMILE w/ Vernon Reid and Rob Wasserman (D. Hall / J. Oates)
6. FRESH OUT OF TEARS w/ Rob Wasserman (A. Neville / S. Wasserman / R. Emata / R. Wasserman)
7. SOLID GROUND w/ Stephen Perkins (R. Wasserman / J. Capaldi)
8. SOMEHOW FOREVER (S. Wasserman / R. Emata)
9. NEED TO KNOW w/ Lou Reed and Stephen Perkins (S. Wasserman / P. Farmstad / R.Emata)
10. HINDSIGHT w/ Rob Wasserman (R. Wasserman / J.W. Harding)
11. LITTLE BIRD (reprise) w/ Christian McBride (R. Wasserman / J. Shear)

Solid Ground personnel

Sara Wasserman – vocals and background vocals
Rob Wasserman – bass
Randy Emata – piano, percussion, keyboards, background vocals, drums
Christian McBride – bass
Lou Reed – guitar
Aaron Neville – vocals
Stephen Perkins – drums
Vernon Reid – guitar
DJ Logic – turntables and additional percussion
Cedricke Dennis – guitar
Mike Clark – drums
Alan Evans – drums
Sakai – background vocals
Monet – background vocals

*Radio stations currently programming tracks from Solid Ground:

KCLC/St. Louis, MO
KDNK/Carbondale, CO
KFAN/Fredericksburg, TX
KLCC/Eugene, OR
KOKY/Little Rock, AR
KPFT/Houston, TX
KPVU/Prairie View, TX
KRSH/Santa Rosa, CA
KRVM/Eugene, OR
KRVR/Modesto, CA
KSLU/Hammond, LA
KUR/Kutztown, PA
KVNF/Paonia, CO
KVRV/San Francisco, CA
WERU/Orland, MD
WETS/Bristol, VA
WKHS/Baltimore, MD
WMKY/Morehead, SC
WMMM/Madison, WI
WMNF/Tampa/St. Pete, Fl
WMWM/Salem, MA
WOCM/Ocean City, MD
WONB/Ada, Ohio
WRKC/Baton Rouge
WRKF/Baton Rouge, LA
WRRW/Williamsburg, VA
WRUR/Rochester, NY
WSGE/Charlotte, NC
WSUM/Madison, WI
WVAS/Montgomery, AL
WWUH/Hartford, CT
WXPN/Philadelphia, PA
WYSO/Yellow Springs, OH


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