Ben Sollee: A “Top Ten Great Unknown Artist" - NPR.
"...for the past decade, Kentucky cellist Ben Sollee has been changing minds all over the world with his brand of soulful, indie-tinged folk, with his voice and said stringed implement up front." - Houston Press.
Jim and Sam: With the aid of producer Lasse Marten (Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn & John, Chrissie Hynde), L.A. based songwriters Jim and Sam will complete their debut album (recorded at the legendary Puk Studios in Denmark).
Tall Heights: Boston-based folk band who has shared stages with national acts like David Wilcox, Ryan Montbleau, Andrew Belle, Lori McKenna, and many more.
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About Ben Sollee:
Known for his thrilling cello playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B, Ben Sollee possesses rough, smooth, smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements. Sollee shares himself completely with his audience, whether it be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. In 2012, Sollee self-released his fourth album, Half-Made Man, a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are.
Sollee first gained major notice with his 2008 debut, Learning to Bend, which led NPR’s Morning Edition to call him one of the “Top Ten Great Unknown Artists” of the year. Later, All Things Considered called his debut “an inspired collection of acoustic, folk and jazz-? flavored songs, filled with hope and the earnest belief that the world is good.” Around the same time, Sollee was touring the world with Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet alongside Grammy nominee Casey Driessen and multi-?Grammy winner Bela Fleck. Sollee’s music drew the attention of My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, who produced his second full-length album, a collaboration with Daniel Martin Moore. In 2010 they released Dear Companion, a stunning collection of songs meant to inspire environmental stewardship.
Between touring and releasing an album, in the past year Sollee has performed at TEDxSan Diego, held workshops in public schools in Kentucky, and composed and recorded performances for 2 feature-length films and 2 original ballet pieces, including a live performance of Dangerous Liaisons with the North Carolina Dance Theatre. Sollee wrote his first original film score for the documentary Maidentrip, which premiered and won the Audience Award for Vision at SXSW Film 2013. He is also the featured solo cellist in the upcoming film Killing Season, starring Robert DeNiro and John Travolta.
Ben Sollee was born and raised in Kentucky. Learned to play cello in Kentucky. Will likely always live in Kentucky.
About Jim and Sam: http://wearejimandsam.com
About Tall Heights:
Tall Heights is a Boston-based folk band. In the summer of 2010, Tim Harrington and Paul Wright were playing for spare change in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In three fast years, Tall Heights has put on hundreds of shows, headlining packed listening rooms across the country, touring down to Austin, TX to showcase at South By Southwest Music Festival, and sharing stages with national acts like David Wilcox, Ryan Montbleau, Andrew Belle, Lori McKenna, and many more.
For the duo’s debut full-length effort, Man of Stone (May, 2013), Tall Heights hit the home studio, sinking deeper into the vast world they’ve meticulously built for two. The title track and first single, Man of Stone, recalls a time when cavemen documented day-to-day existence on the walls of their stone-sheltered dwellings. “Emblems of cavemen they taught me / the importance of typing in bold,” contextualizes the rest of the record and challenges a careful listener to view each song as a vital documentation of what is both banal and extraordinary. The record exists in a fire-lit, shadowy space for their growing army of fans to inhabit. After two powerful EPs, there has been a growing cry for more from these young artists, and Tall Heights delivers with an LP of grand vision and scale.
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