Ben Sollee

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It has been almost ten years since Ben burst on to the scene with his interpretation of A Change Is Gonna Come and hit our studio for a HearYa session. He’s carved out a nice career for himself, with probably my favorite album he’s done, 2010’s Something, Somewhere, Sometime. Now, he’s back with a new ensemble and album. Here’s a little something on an album he’s calling bluegrass.

Sollee describes his newest release, Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native (the name describing both the ensemble and the album) as a bluegrass record, fully aware that his is not the traditional view. “Bluegrass music is immigrant music,” he says, offering his expansive definition across the kitchen table. “It’s the music of Irish and Scottish musicians bringing their fiddle tunes; it is gospel music; it is African music; it is gypsy jazz; it is rock ‘n’ roll. It is all these things. What makes it unique and of Kentucky is that it was distilled by the people who lived here in Kentucky, and turned into something else.”

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Ben is here

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Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore collaborated to release Dear Companion, out now via Sub Pop Records. The album was produced by Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket, Monsters of Folk) and contains four tracks written by Sollee, five by Moore and two that were co-written.

I haven’t had a chance to dive into the album, but we’ve covered both artists in the past and Sollee is a HearYa Live Session alumni. Both are incredible talents.

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore – Something, Somewhere, Sometime

Previously posted:

Daniel Martin Moore – Stray Age

Ben Sollee – A Change Gonna Come (Sam Cooke Cover)

Ben Sollee – A Few Honest Words

From the HearYa Live Session with Ben Sollee:

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – Try

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – How To See The Sunrise

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – Mule With A Bullhorn

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – Prettiest Tree On The Mountain

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – Extraordinary Machine

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – Only A Song

Download the entire session as a zip file.

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Ben Sollee in Studio

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.

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – Try

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – How To See The Sunrise

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – Mule With A Bullhorn

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – Prettiest Tree On The Mountain

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – Extraordinary Machine

Exclusive: Ben Sollee – Only A Song

Download the entire session as a zip file.

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Ben Sollee just left our live session studio after laying down 5 or 6 tracks for y’all. He’ll be at Schubas tonight with his cello and silky smooth, soulful vocals. Head on out and support him if you have the time.

Ben Sollee – A Change Gonna Come

Ben Sollee – A Few Honest Words

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