Oct 282014

WFPK’s favorite “local” performer, Lexingtonian Ben Sollee brings his cello to the Bomhard Theatre on November 1. Essentially a cello-playing singer-songwriter, Sollee has made a considerable career out of hauling his cello on a bicycle and championing various good causes, as well as making music folks like. His latest record is The Hollow Sessions. You can hear him as well on November 2 at Comstock Hall at the School of Music at 3p. Either show is $25.

Here’s Sollee playing “Letting Go”:


Website: www.bensollee.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bensollee
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bensollee
LastFM: www.last.fm/music/Ben+Sollee

Jul 302014

It’s the end of June, so it must be WFPK’s Waterfront Wednesday show on July 30. This month, the free show features Steelism, Ben Sollee and The Deloreans, making for an interesting mix of styles. Now, Louisvillians know what Ben Sollee sounds like and how inventive and cutting edge every single thing he does is, so we’ll leave that plug to your memory and imagination. The Deloreans are a Louisville pop rock band who deliver with a cheerful attitude, so that leaves Steelism, whose name is utterly appropriate the lead instruments are a steel guitar, though not played in the traditional country style so favored for years in Nashville, and an electric guitar. The band members hail from Mussel Shoals, Alabama and Nashville, so you know you have your chops and your soul. The band is climbing, with an array of singles and EPs to promote, plus a new, not-yet-released album, 615ToFame, to promote. It’s due out in mid-September. Head on down to the Waterfront and catch this new act before they get really big and you have to pay Yum! prices (well, okay, Headliners prices) to see them.
Watch Steelism play “Caught In A Pickle” live :

Website: steelismmusic.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SteelismMusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/steelismmusic
YouTube: LastFM:www.last.fm/music/Steelism

Jun 112014

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.”

Oct 012013

Ben Sollee - The Hollow Sessions
Institute 193 and Tin Ear Records have announced the release of The Hollow Sessions, a record of covers by Ben Sollee. The album is available as a free download today on Noisetrade.com. A limited-edition 180-gram vinyl is also available through Institute 193’s shop.

Jul 092013

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:

Jun 152013

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: