Take a look at this video of Ben Sollee playing the Magnetovore Magnetic Cello. From the YouTube page:
“This instrument combines the playing style of the cello with magnetic articulation, a new way to control sound using the motion of magnets. Pressing along the ribbon with the left hand control pitch, and moving a magnetic bow about the copper coil changes volume.”
Terry Boyd at InsiderLouisville has a scoop on the possibility that Ben Sollee is in discussions to be an artist-in-residence with the Louisville Youth Orchestra in 2014. Read his story here.
A measure of the national stature of artists is when their new songs are released on various national-level outlets, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Paste and Pitchfork, among others. Ben Sollee has been their for some time. His latest, “Letting Go,” was just premiered at pastemagazine.com/. You can listen here as well:
OVer at the Never Nervous blog, Syd Bishop has the story of the Liberation Living Room series, which features invitation-only shows at the Greenhaus on Preston, hosted by Jacob Duncan of Liberation Prophecy. Said shows have featured Ben Sollee, Tyrone Cotton, Rachel Grimes and Norah Jones, plus Will Oldham and Liberation Prophecy. You should go read Bishop’s story for how to get on the invite list (good luck). Meanwhile, here’s a video for kids, with Will Oldham:
LMN has existed for twenty-four-plus years to trumpet the musical talent that has long defined Louisville as a wellspring of artists, some of whom have gained national recognition, so it’s good to see other media outlets taking up the challenge – and it is a challenge – of convincing Louisvillians of this fact. Over at Louisville.com, music writer Michael Tierney notes and promotes the three latest, most famous acts from the Bluegrass State, My Morning Jacket, Ben Sollee and Houndmouth. Of course, it’s always the case that it requires outside-the-area validation to get the message across, but then, that’s Louisville.