Based in Portland, Oregon, Sol Serenade formed in the spring of 2007. After relocating from the Great Lakes region, singer/songwriter Mike Struwin met guitar player Daniel Fretto and drummer Demetrius Keller. Driven by their love for music, they began polishing their sound. Beginning with Struwin\'s extensive original song list, they began rehearsing, writing, arranging, and gigging with bassist Rick Bouvette and vocalist Karen Mathews under the band name Beacon. Their self recorded demo includes the song \'Manistee\' which is in regular rotation on Internet Radio IO in the jam bands category thanks to DJ Rob Bleetstein. In April of 2008, Sol Serenade set-out to record songs for their first Album. The band set up shop at Portland\'s Creature Sound with engineer Mike Naramore and enlisted Daniel\'s long time friend and band mate to thump the sub-frequencies, internationally renowned bassist, Damian Erskine. Other awesome musicians featured on this album include: Alex Shakeri of The Insomniacs at the keys, Paul Brainard of Pu Pu Platters on pedal steel, Paul Hoffman from Greensky Bluegrass pickin\' mandolin, and Sol\'s newest and VERY welcome full time band member, Arcellus Sykes on bass. Damian left some pretty big shoes to fill and Arcellus fits into them perfectly. Sol is currently in the studio completing their full length CD scheduled for release in Autumn of 2008. Their 3 song EP is now available for purchase and download. They have also begun writing material for a follow up album.
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