David Lowery of Cracker once sang “what the world needs now, is another folk singer, like I need a hole in my head.” I don’t think Lowery meant a folk singer with a cello.
While there’s no shortage of singer-songwriters these days, Ben Sollee has created a unique brand folk, accompanied with nothing more than his stringed companion and silky smooth vocals. That combination earned him a spot on NPR’s list of the Top 10 Great Unknown Artists of 2007.‚ He also has earned all sorts of buzz around the blogosphere with his amazing cover of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Gonna Come” and then again with his debut album, Learning to Bend.
The Kentucky cellist dropped by our studio on his way through Chicago to share some stories in his slick drawl and record several songs for y’all. My picks from the session are “Try,” “Mule With A Bullhorn” and “Only A Song.”
We’ve just got one more session before the end of the year, so stay tuned for Mason Proper shortly after Christmas.