- "Rick Sparhawk: Not a Low Budget Rock Star" · March 24, 2012
Guitarist Jim Soldi spent a decade in Nashville playing with Johnny Cash for seven years, and in the Ricky Skaggs band as well. His family has owned and operated Valley Music in El Cajon, and his dad was a well known country swing musician back in the day.
In the 1970s, Soldi and Rick Sparhawk co-founded a San Diego band called Montezuma’s Revenge, based near Spring Valley in Casa de Oro and playing a mix of genres and styles that defied categorization. They called their music bionic bluegrass.
As of 2012, Soldi and Sparhawk play together in a San Diego band called Picus Maximus.