From Ben & Team Sollee
Summer In Kentucky And Fall In Europe!
July 13, 2014
Hi there,I don’t know about you but I’m having fun this summer! If you’ve been following my adventures on Facebook or Twitter you’ll have seen and heard some of the memorable shows through the northeast in June. I even shared a tip on where to find what I think is the best ice cream in America. If you want, you can revisit the shows on my Set.fm page where you can download the recordings from almost every night. And there’s still a lot to come this summer and some exciting news for the fall!
Louisville: I’m thrilled to be teaming up with my friends down at WFPK to headline a free show on July 30 as part of the Waterfront Wednesday series. We’re pulling out all the stops for this one: great musicians, dancers, and even some interactive light sculptures. I’m calling it a Canopy Concert to raise awareness about the need for more and healthier trees in Louisville, and to that effect, you can preorder a download of the evening’s show for $5 on Set.fm, with $1 of every set going to benefit Love Louisville Trees. I hope you can make it.
Not to be outdone, Lexington’s WUKY has kicked off its inaugural season of Phoenix Fridays. This great series is also free and welcoming to all music fans. I’ll join the talented cast of performers on August 22, so come out and support all this good local art and community-oriented entertainment.
And now for some very exciting news a little farther afield…friends in Europe, I’m FINALLY coming to play for you! Yep, after years of good intentions I’ve been able to line up the stars for a September tour. Ticketing links and complete venue information will be on the website soon, but but here is the schedule for the this tightly packed run:
9/16/14 Cologne, Germany
9/17/14 Münster, Germany
9/18/14 Neuchatel, Switzerland
9/19/14 Aarau, Switzerland
9/21/14 Workshop in Castellon, Spain
9/22/14 Castellon, Spain
9/23/14 Madrid, Spain
9/24/14 Valencia, Spain
9/25/14 Barcelona, Spain
9/26/14 Leon, Spain
9/27/14 Coruña, Spain
9/28/14 Ourense, Spain
There’s a lot more news on the horizon but, for now, be well, thanks for the support, and I hope to see you at an upcoming show.
May 13, 2014
Even though Ben was recently playing in the snow, it IS t-shirt weather. So, we want to make sure you are properly dressed with one of our discounted shirts. Limited inventory, sale is on through the weekend! Get them here at Port Merchandise: http://bensollee.portmerch.com/stores/home.php
December 13, 2013
The 180-gram vinyl printing of The Hollow Sessions is finally in and they are beautiful. We're celebrating with two special signing events this weekend. Join us Saturday at Please & Thank You in Louisville from 10am - noon. Then we'll wrap up in Lexington at The Morris Book Shop from 3-5pm. Theres not many to be had so get there early!
Can't make it to Kentucky? Order yours here:
We will also have a limited amount of the Live at the Grocery on Home cds, a few Learning to Bend vinyl, and tickets to the Jan 16th show at Headliners! Talk about one-stop shopping!
The Marlinton Project: Thank You!
November 20, 2013
Over $5K Raised in 3 Days!
Thanks For Supporting The Marlinton Project!
I found out about the fire that chewed through downtown Marlinton, WV only last Thursday. A whole city block in the heart of the community up in smoke! Immediately, there was a shift in momentum for my show at the Pocahontas County House on Friday. These folks needed support and good energy!
So, I hurriedly set up this IndieGoGo campaign and I'm proud to say, we did it! On top of my initial contribution of $1000 you all collective threw in $4675 of your hard-earned money. I'm so pleased and deeply grateful for you all teaming up with me. But, I think the folks in Marlinton might be even more so.
The money is already on its way to help the Volunteer Firefighters pay off the substantial expenses of fighting the fires and helping relocate the families. Obviously, they have a lot of work ahead of them and will need WAY more capital to rebuild. But, the message we sent as a community was, “you matter and you can overcome this.” Judging by the response at the show and around town, they heard it loud and clear.
I wish had more to give you to express my thanks. For now, please know that I am sincerely grateful and trust that I will continue to pay this forward.
All the best!
The Marlinton Project: A Show With A New Mission
November 15, 2013
Marlinton, WV was just hit by a devastating fire. My show this Friday at the Pocahontas County Opera House has now taken on a whole different purpose. As a touring artist, I am who I am because of the communities that have supported my career. It's time to give back in a very localized way :
- $1000 Bucks! That”s what I'm donating from my show fee.
- Match my donation: You can give any amount, even $1 helps!
This A Golden Opportunity
This show has been on the books all year! Who knew we'd have the chance to help in such an essential way?
- I've set a high funding ceiling for this 3 day campaign. I know my audience cares as much as I do. Let's show off a bit!
- The money will directly support the efforts of the Marlinton Volunteer Firefighters. They did the dirty and expensive work of containing the fire. Now the community needs our financial support to get stabilized.
Make An Impact
Marlinton is a mountain town that just doesn't have the resources that many of us rely on in our bigger cities. However, through this brief campaign you, your family and friends can do a very good deed.
Other Ways You Can Help
If contributing through this campaign isn't in your budget or style there's other ways you can be involved:
- Post this effort on your Facebook and Twitter pages.
- Send out some emails with your own connection to the cause. Maybe that”s music!
I'm so grateful for your support and for taking the time consider this campaign.
October 13, 2013
This weekend kicked off the Ditch The Van Tour and it couldn't have come at a better time. Ben and Jordon were definitely ready for a change of pace after the fiasco with Tammy Van last week! This year, they'll reach the 5000-mile mark by bicycle. And they would love to have some company as they are making way from show to show. Below are the places they are going and the route maps. If you want more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DITCH THE VAN TOUR DATES – COME RIDE WITH US! Click the map link to see where we're riding!
Oct 13 Three Oaks, MI – Acorn Theater – Ride route map
Oct 15 South Bend, IN – Subkirke – Ride route map
Oct 16 Ride South Jackpot 6000 is a brand new 3-reel 5-line online Slot machinefeaturing Jokers and two additional features to maximize your winnings: a heads or tails and a Supermeter mode. Bend to South Haven – Ride route map
Oct 17 South Haven, MI – Foundry Hall
Oct 18 Benton Harbor, MI – The Livery – Ride route map
Oct 19 Kalamazoo MI – Shakespeare”s Pub – Ride route map
Oct 20 Ride Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids – Ride route map
Oct 21 Grand Rapids, MI – Wealthy Theater
Oct 22 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall – Ride route map
Oct 23 Ride Milwaukee to Jefferson WI – Ride route map
Oct 24 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre – Ride route map
New (Free!) Music!
October 1, 2013
Institute 193 and Tin Ear Records are pleased to announce the release of The Hollow Sessions – a covers record 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.
Ben Sollee spent a few days this past summer trying to capture the songs and sounds that have influenced his life and music. The makeshift recording studio, a small house nestled in a hollow near Prospect, Kentucky, provided the backdrop for the project, a covers record, including songs by Arthur Russell, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, Harry Belafonte, The Zombies, Howard Finster, Bill Monroe, Fiona Apple, Tom Waits and Gillian Welch. Screened porches, hallways, decks, and living rooms lend their own particular character to the recordings, and the hollow’s voice can be heard throughout: bugs chirp, birds whistle, water flows, and the wind blows. More collaborator than background, the house and hollow provide the listener with a rich audial scenery and shape Sollee’s voice and cello as he seeks to capture his own versions of the songs that have shaped his development as a musician and songwriter.
September 17, 2013
Not sure if you saw in the news about the shootout in Pine Bluff, AR between police and 107 yr old Monroe Isadore. The story was captivating for me and inspired me to sit down with my friend, Patrick Dethlefs, and write this song. It is fictional, as no one knows what really happened. I hope you enjoy. Maybe give your grandparents a call or, even better, a hug.
It's Time To Ditch The Van (Tour)!
September 11, 2013
Timing is everything, right? Recently, while on the road, Tammy Van had to spend some time in the repair shop. So, it seems like the perfect time to announce the Fall 2013 Ditch The Van Tour. Who needs Tammy?! Ben has his bike! In one month, Ben will embark on his traditional tour where he loads the cello on his xtracyle and pedals his way through the towns he is playing in. The idea is to slow things down and really take in the communities where he will be playing. And he isn”t doing it alone. Percussionist-extraordinaire, Jordon Ellis, loads his drum kit (yikes!) on his trailer as well. Tour manager, Katie Benson, also goes along for the ride to keep those two on track! If they are going to be near you, please come out and support them. And bring them water, lots of water!
September 9, 2013
We all know that feeling when a favorite artist announces their tour and your city isn’t on it. It’s a bummer, to say the least! And we have heard from a lot of you who are disappointed that Ben isn’t making a stop in your city this tour. We have a little trick up our sleeves to help ease that disappointment.
This Thursday night, Sept. 12th, 2013 at 7:30pm CDT, Ben is playing at Blue Rock in Wemberley, TX. They have partnered with EVNTLIVE to bring you the show with new features like dialogue with other viewers, exclusive interviews with artists and “behind the scenes” footage. An introductory price of $4.99 is set for fall 2013 shows. Get on it and let us know what you think!
~jess, team sollee
August 22, 2013
Most folks know I like to collaborate with lots of different musicians. But this was different. This was more alike to going sky diving with some folks you don’t know all that well on the ground and falling in love them mid-air. I’d never met Mother Falcon but, after a busy run of shows, we all strapped in and created “Lose Yourself to Dance” with the boundless support of Ben Knox-Miller and Jeff Prystowsky (of The Low Anthem). After the show at the Columbus Theater we all stayed up till 3am or so getting to know each other and working on arrangement ideas. Then, after a night crashing out on the floor of the studio, we got to work around 10am. About seven hours later, we were in the big theater finishing up the clap overdubs as a big family. I think it’s fitting that we were all in what amounted to a fugue state by the end… lost in the music and the movement.
And now, download the song for free here! (Just right click and save as)
"Letting Go" digital release!
July 16, 2013
Hello Friends and Fans,
I've got some new music to share with you! Last week, Paste Magazine premiered “Letting Go," a song I composed for the feature film Killing Season starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. The song is fairly sparse but some of you, as well as a whole bunch of other folks, seemed to really like it. So, the deft folks in Team Sollee got cracking to make it available as a digital release TODAY! There's no time like the present to grab it from iTunes or have a listen on Spotify. Either way, thanks for helping spread the word.
We have some other musical goodies heading your way soon. 'Til then, I”ll be on the road for some exciting shows in the New York area along with a performance at Floyd Fest. Maybe most thrilling to me is a performance with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on July 25! That's right, I'm coming back around to playing in an orchestra. Only this time, with the gracious help of artists-in-residence Time for Three and the ISO, we've arranged a few of my songs for the ensemble and created some new music as well. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come, but for now, I say don't pass this experience by! Check out the tour dates for more info.
Lastly, I've been thinking about sitting down with my cello to record some cover songs this fall. Nothing fancy really, just cello and voice. I wonder if you have any ideas for songs you'd like to hear Sollee-ized? I'd love to hear your suggestions on Facebook, Twitter and so on… Maybe it's one of your tunes?!
As always, thank you for your warm support. The road can be windy and the drives/rides can be weary, but knowing that you're there listening and watching makes it all a thrill.
All the best,
June 20, 2013
We at Team Sollee have been racking our brains to come up with a new t-shirt for you guys and we couldn't get past how much we love the bicycle pulling an Airstream idea from Ditch The Van.
So, you know what? We sent it over to Subject Matter Sudio to revamp it and couldn't be happier with the fun new design. Printed on 50% organic cotton/50% recycled plastic bottles, and soft as all get out!
We'll also be taking these on the road with us this summer, so check on the dates below and come join in on the fun with us!
And, as always, ride your bike, walk, or take public transit to the show and receive a free gift or discount at the merch table.
BEN SOLLEE SUMMER TOUR DATES
Jul 17 – Sats Pa Spilleren, Bankeren Eller Uavgjort For A Vinne!Bli Med Pa Noe Som Er Mer Komfortabelt – Sett Deg Ned I Stolen Ved Mr Greens EksklusiveBlackjack Casino Bord. NYC NY – Madison Square Park Http://Bit.Ly/KDB2L5
Jul 19 – Hastings-On-Hudson NY – The Purple Crayon Http://Bit.Ly/100KDso
Jul 20 – Woodstock NY – Bearsville Theater Http://Bit.Ly/10e2aN3
Jul 25 – Indianapolis IN – Happy Hour At The Symphony W/ Indianapolis Symphony And Time For Three Http://Bit.Ly/ZrvcLs
Jul 26-28 – Floyd VA – Floyd Fest Http://Bit.Ly/9X7gcM
Aug 4-5 – Canmore AB CAN – Canmore Folk Festival Http://Bit.Ly/LdHMP
Aug 9 – Pittsburgh PA – Altar Bar Http://Ticketf.Ly/12MQobf
Aug 10 – Wills Mountain PA – Wills Mountain FestivalHttp://Ticketf.Ly/12MQobf
February 28, 2013
Hi Friends and Fans,
Things are really beginning to gear up here in 2013. Most immediately, we’re heading out to the “in-famous” (quote: Three Amigos) SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. But, we can’t just go from 0 to 60 in a day. So, we’ve booked a few tiny “pop-up shows” THIS WEEK around Kentucky to warm-up for the event. These mini-concerts will feature a lot of the music from the latest record, Half-Made Man, with my trusty musical companion, the eight-armed Jordon Ellis on percussion. I know it’s last minute, but if you can make it, these will be a lot of fun. Here’s the scoop:
Looking back for a moment, thanks to everyone who attended December’s show at the Lexington Opera House. Your support helped to generate nearly $10,000 in donations to Institute 193 so they can keep doing their good work in Kentucky. Remember that night? A packed house, massive shadow puppets, the stunning Anna + Elizabeth, etc… Well, if your memory is a little foggy or you weren’t able to be there, check out this beautiful video by Institute 193 documenting the show.
In other news, I’m thrilled to be heading out in support of Over the Rhine in April. If you live in the eastern side of the country we’re probably coming somewhere near you. Check out the tour dates on the website. There you can also get info on all the upcoming events this spring and summer.
As always, I’m so grateful for your support and enthusiasm… you’re the best!
January 28, 2013
Grocery On Home Presents: Southern Storytellers, live from Eddie”s Attic: Featuring Ben Sollee and Ed McClanahan with very special guests, The Skipperdees
Join two of Kentucky”s finest on Sunday February 10th at Eddie”s Attic(Decatur, GA) for this special, intimate performance. Ben will be performing solo and complimenting Ed McClanahan”s storytelling. There is no telling how this unique performance will evolve, so you will want to see it for yourself!
Sunday, February 10th
7:00pm / doors at 6:00pm
Advance general admission: $20
At the door: $25
Table of 4 reserved seats: $100
Ed McClanahan is a native of Brooksville, KY, born in 1932. A graduate of Miami (Ohio) University (AB, 1955) and the University of Kentucky (MA, 1958), he has taught English and creative writing at Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Montana, the University of Kentucky, and Northern Kentucky University. His books include THE NATURAL MAN (a novel), FAMOUS PEOPLE I HAVE KNOWN (a serio-comic autobiography), A CONGRESS OF WONDERS (three novellas), and MY VITA, IF YOU WILL (a miscellany of previously uncollected fiction, non-fiction, reviews, and commentary). The first two books were published by Farrar Straus & Giroux (1983 and 1985, respectively), the latter two by Counterpoint Press (1996 and 1998). NATURAL MAN has been reprinted by Gnomon Press (Frankfort, KY) and FAMOUS PEOPLE has been reprinted by the University Press of Kentucky; both are also available from Books on Tape. In 2002, Larkspur Press (Monterey, KY) published McClanahan’s memoir, FONDELLE: or THE WHORE WITH A HEART OF GOLD, in a limited edition. O THE CLEAR MOMENT, his “implied autobiography,” was published by Counterpoint in 2008. His latest book is I JUST HITCHED IN FROM THE COAST: THE ED MCCLANAHAN READER (Counterpoint 2011), a collection of 14 stories.
McClanahan is the editor of SPIT IN THE OCEAN #7: ALL ABOUT KESEY (Viking-Penguin, 2003), a tribute issue of the late Ken Kesey’s self- published magazine, and he contributed an introduction to KESEY’S JAIL JOURNAL (Viking-Penguin, 2003), a volume featuring Kesey’s art work.
The title story of A CONGRESS OF WONDERS was made into a prize-winning short film in 1993, and in 1994 McClanahan was the subject of an hour-long documentary on Kentucky Educational Television. His work has appeared in many magazines, including ESQUIRE, ROLLING STONE, and PLAYBOY, and twice won PLAYBOY’s Best Non-Fiction awards. He has also been awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, two Yaddo Fellowships, and an Al Smith Fellowship.
He lives with his wife Hilda in Lexington, KY, and is working on a latter-day sequel to NATURAL MAN, titled THE RETURN OF THE SON OF NEEDMORE.
Ben Sollee To Play A Hometown Benefit Show!
December 5, 2012
Institute 193 presents Ben Sollee at Lexington Opera House Dec 19.
Institute 193 is proud to present the Kentucky cellist and singer Ben Sollee in concert at the Lexington Opera House on December 19, 2012 at 8 PM. All proceeds from the performance will go to further the mission of Institute 193: advancing the careers of contemporary Southern artists and enriching the cultural landscape of central Kentucky.
Institute 193 was founded in 2009. Since then, it has staged 17 exhibitions in its Lexington, KY gallery space and produced 9 publications. Institute 193 has also organized exhibitions by innovative Southern artists in Dallas, TX; Atlanta, GA; and Paris, France.
“I’m so proud to be a Kentuckian and feel so grateful to get to work with Institute 193 to continually showcase the very best of what this state has to offer in the arts,” says Sollee. “Institute 193 is serving as an antenna to the rest of the world for access to great contemporary art from the south.”
A classically trained cellist and accomplished vocalist, Sollee’s music has been featured on CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe. Sollee has also gained a reputation for social engagement: touring by bicycle, raising awareness about mountain top removal coal mining in Appalachia, and engaging with local organizations, such as Institute 193. This concert celebrates the release of Sollee’s new record, Half-Made Man, and will be Sollee’s homecoming performance in a nationwide tour.
Folk singers Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle will open for Sollee and his band.
Tickets available here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1600495EBA624110
November 14, 2012
Ben is excited to announce a few new tour dates! Looking for a fun gift to give to a loved one in December? How about a ticket to a show?! Ben will be supporting the talented duo of Over The Rhine on Dec. 13 (Ann Arbor), Dec. 14 (Columbus, OH) and Dec. 15 (Kent, OH).
Then, on Dec. 19, Ben will be playing a homecoming show in Lexington, KY at the Lexington Opera House. This is a show to benefit an organization close to Ben’s heart, Institute 193. All proceeds from the special event will go to further the mission of Institute 193: advancing the careers of contemporary Southern artists and enriching the cultural landscape of central Kentucky.
Lastly, on April 20, 2013, Ben will be closing out the Lincoln Center Songbook Series in New York City. Tickets are already on sale, so we don’t want anyone to miss out! Thanks for being awesome fans and making every show special!
Ben Sollee Wants You To Vote!
November 2, 2012
From The Steps Of The Lincoln Memorial, Ben Sollee Uses His Voice And Asks America To VOTE!
Cellist-songwriter-cyclist-activist Ben Sollee is no stranger to speaking his mind, so two weeks ago, he climbed the steps of Washington, DC’s Lincoln Memorial, sat down with his cello and sang. The act, filmed by Mason Jar Music, was a call to action for US citizens to get out and vote. Now, as we reflect on the effects of superstorm Hurricane Sandy, and look towards the November 6th Presidential Election, Ben’s plea for “A Few Honest Words” could not come at a more poignant time.
“Like nearly everyone,” explains Ben, “my attention this week has been focused on Sandy and all of her devastating effects on communities along the east coast. There are so many people dealing with fundamental challenges in their lives at this moment: food, shelter, clean water, etc. These are things that are not debatable or points of policy; they are human needs. And as the country inevitably shifts its gaze back to the final stretch of the election, I'm hoping we can keep the human-to-human conversation going. That's what we truly need to sort through natural disasters, healthcare policy, education, or anything as a country. We are too often willing to sacrifice honest, sincere discussion for winning and losing teams. And everyone's voice is important! Performing in the Lincoln Memorial was my way of expressing that desire. And, I still have the knot in my stomach to prove how intimidating it can be to speak out. So, please, if you only do one thing on Tuesday, VOTE!”
October 17, 2012
Wowy, wow, wow, wow! Ben, along with Jordon Ellis and Luke Reynolds, have been killing it this tour! You may have heard that the cops shut down the show in Indianapolis at theBroad Ripple Music Fest, but they may have had more success if they would have called the fire department. Because the cello was on fire!! Those of you lucky enough to have been a part of the final song, Built For This, let it be known that your participation is spot on! For those who weren”t there, at least technology saved the day and there video proof. Check out this magic….
And then there was the show at Cats in the Cream at Oberlin College. This account of the filled-to-(over)-capacity show is a good one! Speaking of large crowds, Louisville welcomed Ben and crew home in style with two packed shows at Headliners! Here is a video of Ben singing Healer off his new studio album, Half-Made Man, while NOT playing the cello (gasp!).
Now, if you are hoping to catch one of Ben”s live shows, check out the Tour calendar! He will be in Philadelphia, Boston, Fairfield, CT, and Washington, DC this week. Then in November, he goes a little further. I'm talking to you, Texas, Arizona, Utah, California, Washington, Oregon and Colorado! And even if you don”t live in those areas, you probably have friends who do. So, be a good friend and share the music! We love you guys and appreciate everything you have done to make this tour so awesome! We can always use help in getting the word out about shows, so if you are interested in sharing, then shoot me an email at email@example.com.
~ Jessica, Team Sollee
September 25, 2012
We made it! It's release week for the new record, Half-Made Man. I feel like we've been building a ship in a dry dock and now, with all the pieces and parts in place, we're pushing it into the water. With radio stations adding the music to their playlists, blogs and other media reviewing, and CNN featuring it on TV, there's a lot to get excited about. Personally, I'm most enthusiastic about your support. This project would not even exist without your funding through Pledge Music!
We're celebrating the release with a new show and a national tour featuring, as always, the hyper-versatile percussionist Jordon Ellis as well as the multi-instrumentalist Luke Reynolds. It's a big leap forward for us but we believe in the music and you, the audience. Unfortunately, we won't be on our bikes for this tour but we're encouraging folks to get to the show in healthier ways. For those of you that ride your bike, walk, or take public transit to the shows, you'll be greeted at the door by a $5 voucher to the merch table. Spread the word if you find that exciting. There will even be bike valet at some of the shows
As we grow, please know that you're the reason. This project is another opportunity to share the Sollee story with family, friends, and local businesses. If you get inspired, spread the word on your various Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Have fun with it and let folks know in your own way. Here's the link to iTunes if you want to send them directly to the music: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/half-made-man/id556347983
Yall take care,
September 21, 2012
We are gonna keep the good times rollin’ today! You won’t be able to get your hands on a copy of Half-Made Man until Tuesday Sept 25 (unless you are one of the lucky ones who will see Ben live between now and then), but you can listen to the entire album on Rdio.com RIGHT NOW!! How do you like that?! Happy Friday.
Brand New Tour Dates... Just Announced!
September 21, 2012
We have gotten so many requests for tour stops from cities outside the east coast and we hope this announcement makes some of you very happy!! In November, Ben will be making the following stops in support of Half-Made Man. For more details, check out theTour page.
Nov 1 – Dallas, TX
Nov 2- Houston, TX
Nov 3- Austin
Nov 6- Tucson, AZ
Nov 7- Hermosa Beach, CA
Nov 8- San Francisco, CA
Nov 10- Portland, OR
Nov 11- Seattle, WA
Nov 15- Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 16- Aspen, CO
Nov 17- Denver, CO
Team Sollee is Looking for Members!
Ben has talked about how challenging it is to be an independent artist and how he tries to surround himself with a strong team that works hard to get his music out to the fans. In fact, many of you joined the team by supporting the PledgeMusic campaign. And that support directly resulted in helping make Half-Made Man everything Ben imagined. In fact, Ben recently talked with Kyle Meredith, of The Weekly Feed, about this exact thing (among other things!). Check out what he says here:
Now we are presenting another opportunity for you to join the Team. Ben has a great Fall tour planned in support of the Sept 25 release of Half-Made Man. But we need help in spreading the word! Don’t you just hate it when you find out a great band has come to town the day after the show?? Save your friends from that heartbreak! Tell them not to miss Ben! We would like to offer you something for helping, too. There are so many ways for you to help — sharing the event, tweeting about it, talking to your special interest groups, letting us know places to hang posters, etc. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
We are really excited to share the new music with you and hope you are ready to hear it!!
~Jessica, Team Sollee
A New Band Member and Tour Dates!
September 11, 2012
We're heading out on the road this fall with a new band member. Luke Reynolds is an old, very talented friend who has been out on the road touring with folks like Brett Dennen and Guster for the last few years. In the trio he will be holding down bass, playing some mean electric and acoustic guitar, and, like usual, singing like champ. He”s a wonderful songwriter as well and I behoove you to check out his stuff.
Luke, Jordon Ellis, and I will be traversing the country all fall so jump over to the tour page because we're hopefully coming to your town!
September 6, 2012
Ben Sollee usually jumps at the chance to collaborate with other talented musicians when they bump into each other at festivals. And his fans have come to expect the fabulous videos and pictures that follow. This time, Paste Magazine beautifully captured an amazing cover of George Harrisons I Dig Love, that Ben and Dawes got together to record while they were both performing at the Newport Folk Fest this summer. Take a listen and hope you enjoy!
July 26, 2012
We hope that you have taken a listen to Ben’s song, Unfinished, off his new studio album, Half-Made Man (due out Sept. 25.) Ben wants to pull back the curtain on preparing for the Half-Made Man release tour and get fan feedback on the coming shows. So, he has decided to set up an August residency through Stageit.com. Ben has performed on Stageit.com before, including one while he was Australia. Stageit.com is an easy-to-use site that essentially allows Ben to play for you in the comforts of your own house!
According to Ben, “Preparing for a national tour is such a romantic idea and we want to share the romance while footnoting all the work that goes in to the endeavor. For anyone who has been curious how we do it, these shows will be a unique insight and a lot of fun.”
So, join us on Wednesdays August 8, 15, 22, and 28th at 8pm to get a behind the scenes look at preparations for the Half-Made Man tour….and maybe hear a little of the new music! There are only 50 tickets available for each show and, as always, they are pay-what-you-can shows. So, tell your friends and gather around your computers for a little something special with Ben Sollee!
July 18, 2012
That's right…you can get a first listen of Unfinished from Ben”s new studio album,Half-Made Man. Head over to Paste Magazine and check it out! New tour dates and album release date are also listed.
July 11, 2012
In 2010, Ben embarked on the “Ditch The Van Tour.” Ben and his band abandoned the comforts of a motorized vehicle and hauled their gear and instruments (yep, the cello too) across the country on bicycles. Ben’s mission was to engage a greater sense of community involvement at every performance. By huffing it on two-wheels between cities, instead of driving or flying, Ben and his crew were able to discover people and facets of our country in ways that traditional touring could not allow. According to Ben, “It’s not about being green or even sustainable… we want to exploit the limitations of the bicycle to slow down and experience the rich communities and people that I’ve spent years flying-by and driving past.”
Well, Ben is back at it for his 3rd bike tour! Following a performance at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival, Ben Sollee will once again load up his gear, strap his cello to his bike, and pedal up the Northeast coast. The Road From Newport: Ben Sollee on tour. On bike. is a week-long journey traveling on portions of the East Coast Greenway from Newport, RI to Portland, ME.
Newport Folk Festival’s history includes over 50 years of showcasing artists who have impacted the direction of folk music. Often likened to “coming home” to the very roots of the folk-music tradition, the Newport Folk Festival is an annual favorite of fans and musicians alike. On July 28, 2012 Ben Sollee, joined by percussionist Jordon Ellis, will bring his signature sound of cello-infused blue-eyed-soul to the esteemed event. Shortly thereafter, Ben and Jordon will embark on bicycle for a 4-date tour run with stops in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
Daytrotter Session is Live!
July 2, 2012
Last Fall, Ben and Jordon recorded a Daytrotter session in Asheville, NC at Echo Mountain Recording Studio. The four songs included are Hurting,Something, Somewhere, Somehow, The Globe and a cover of Paul Simon”s Obvious Child. Ben has recorded two previous Daytrotter sessions (one with Daniel Martin Moore):
2008 Ben Sollee Daytrotter debut:
2010 Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore:
What is Daytrotter? This is from their site:
There are so many music/entertainment websites that copy one another, scrambling so fast to “discover” or present something new to the world. And just because you get there first, it doesn’t really make you an explorer. We did poke a stars and stripes into the moon, but we could always see it. We knew it was there. It wasn’t new. We can always come along and say we did, saw, heard something first, but we’re never right. What Daytrotter is attempting to do is to not kid around with you and tell you that we found something that you never knew existed. We are going to contribute to the musical landscape, not just toss it around like a used book or a stolen pick-up line. We’re going to give you something that you truly have never heard. We are not giving you songs from someone you love’s record album, thereby stealing from someone you love. We’re giving you exclusive, re-worked, alternate versions of old songs and unreleased tracks by some of your favorite bands and by a lot of your next favorite bands.
June 8, 2012
I want to start off with a huge high-five for all the support through the release of the live record and my ride from NYC to DC as part of the 2012 Climate Ride. With your enthusiasm we've raised over $2500 for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth and motivated me (despite a bad bike wreck that totaled my bike and nearly me) to ride over 330 miles to the National Mall in front of Congress. If you wanted to support the cause but didn”t get around to it you still can! Just head over to my Climate Ride profile.
For those of you that made it out to shows in May I hope you had as good a time as we did. Every show was exciting and different and you all in the audience were so rocking! Now, Jordon Ellis and I will direct our dear tour van Tammy north for shows beginning next week. Are we coming through your community? Check out the tour calendar and get your tickets in advance to these intimate venues. Plus, the shows are pretty much the only place to get the limited edition printing of Live at the Grocery on Home.
There's lot of cool happenings on the horizon! Our biggest hurdle is letting folks now where and when we are. If you want to have some fun and spread the word you can download the tour poster directly from the website and hang it up in your favorite spot in town. Snap a picture of your handiwork and email it email@example.com and we'll make sure that you get a $5 voucher for the merch table at the show you attend! Come on, you know there's a primo spot in your favorite coffee shop that could use a little decoration.
Again, thanks for all the support. We'll keep coming if you do!
June 7, 2012
The Head and The Heart
w/ Ben Sollee
Wednesday July 25
THE ROAD FROM NEWPORT… look for two-wheeled details coming soon!
June 4, 2012
We have been overwhelmed with how supportive and generous the fans have been when asked to help promote Ben”s shows! THANK YOU!! We want to keep it going and have come up with a Team Sollee reward system to help show our appreciation. This is how it works:
1. If Ben is coming to your town and you want to help pack the house, then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will send you a poster that you can either print to hang around town or share electronically.
2. Show us…if you hang a poster, take a pic and send it to us or post it on Ben”s facebook page and/or tweet it. If you share it via facebook, make sure it is “public” and tag Ben in the post. If you tweet about it, tag Ben (@bensollee).
If you do those simple things, then we will send you a $5 merchandise voucher!
And if you are especially eager to help and want a free show ticket for yourself and a friend, then you can volunteer to work the merch table!!
Ready? Set? Goooooo!
May 29, 2012
Here is Episode 3 in Ben’s ‘Merch that Matters’ series, connected to his Live at the Grocery On Home release. This film captures the excitement and enthusiasm of the large crowd gathered for Ben’s in-store release party at Heine Brothers. We hope you enjoy it and share it!
May 8, 2012
Ben Sollee is participating in the Climate Ride NYC-DC 2012 in hopes to raise funds for Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, but he would like your support. The mission of the Climate Ride is to inspire and empower citizens to work toward a new energy future. They use sport as a means to change lives and build an effective, citizen-based sustainability movement. So, it seems like a natural fit that Ben has designated Kentuckians for the Commonwealth as his charity of choice. Ben has been involved with KFTC for the past number of years and feels strongly about their mission and actions. Ben hopes you can find a way to support this ride and its message knowing that the money raised will go straight to Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, one of the most celebrated humanitarian and environmental organization in Appalachia.
May 2, 2012
Good news for all of you Ben Sollee fans who aren't able to see him live and in person…..his show in Nashville tonight is also available online through Music City Roots! The weekly Nashville radio show and concert starts at 7pm CST. Now, if you are anywhere NEAR Nashville, it is highly suggested that you make your way to the Loveless Cafe Barn!
May 1, 2012
Due to the threat of bad weather, the CD release party for LIVE at The Grocery On Home has been moved inside to the Douglas Loop Heine Brothers location at 7pm. Hope to see everyone there and please spread the word!
April 22, 2012
If you have ever seen Ben Sollee perform live, then you know that he really shines in that setting! If you haven’t seen him live, then this album will give you a taste until you can make a show. And Ben has something extra special for you with his first live album, LIVE at The Grocery On Home. He has teamed up with Kentucky’s newest artisan letterpress, Hound Dog Press, to create a stunningly beautiful album. You can see more about it here:
You can Pre-Order the CD or download. But you are going to want the physical copy! If the video above didn’t convince you that you need to hold and touch the beautiful work of Hound Dog Press, maybe the extra gift CD included will. That’s right. When you buy the CD, also included is a second copy that you can give away to a friend! We are having a contest on Ben’s facebook page right now, too. Share who you would give your gift copy to and why. The 5 most compelling stories will win a free CD!
You can also catch Ben for the CD release on May 1st 7pm at Heine Brothers at Eastern Parkway/Bardstown Rd., an event made possible by Mom’s Music. Ben’s Live album will only be sold through Heine Brothers or online. Most of the songs will be familiar to fans, with the exception of Turn On The Moon. That song first made an appearance on Ben’s first independently released solo album of the same name.
-Jessica, Team Sollee (email@example.com)
April 1, 2012
Ben embarked on his first tour of Australia in March 2012. His three weeks there were filled with music festivals, beautiful venues and making memories with new & old friends. Ben even found a new Patagonia store in Sydney and played an in-store that was also broadcast through StageIt.com. Ben has a long standing partnership with Patagonia and has enjoyed other in-stores at their headquarters in California. Ben had a great interview on The Music Show with Andrew Ford that talked about Ben”s “fresh techniques and songs that matter.”
After a performance like the one at the Port Fairy Folk Fest, where Abigail Washburn and Krystle Warren joined Ben on stage, the word started to spread. The end of his tour included sold out or nearly sold out shows and they were trying to entice Ben back by selling him on a “Ditch The Van” tour, Australian style.
-Jessica, Team Sollee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Feb. 4, 2012
Ben had written the music and tweaked the lyrics for his new full-length studio album, Half-Made Man, but he was looking at ways to fund the project. Ben said, “They call us independent musicians. They don’t mean that we do it by ourselves. They just mean we do it without a record label. And the only way that is possible or reasonable is because of a really supportive audience.” Ben was excited to team up with PledgeMusic to get the music out to his fans!
Ben was blown away by how quickly his amazing fans jumped at the chance to help him make Half-Made Man come to life. Within approximately 48hrs, Ben’s modest goal was met! Ben used a bare bones goal, not sure how fans would respond. He is excited to see all of the support because that means he will be able to make the album exactly how he wants it. Fans were thrilled to pledge for items such as hand-written (by Ben) lyrics to the song of their choice, a skype session/lesson with Ben and even his (in)famous “Cosby” sweater. Pledgers also get updates and can pre-order Half-Made Man (due out in the Fall). It’s not too late, if you want to join the other pledgers you still have time!! Also, 10% of all money raised over the goal will go to a charity that Ben cares very much about...Oxfam America.
-Jessica, Team Sollee (email@example.com)