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Mad. Sq. Music: Ben Sollee

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.

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Ben Sollee, a Kentucky native known for his thrilling cello-playing that incorporates new techniques to create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz and R&B. Sollee possesses rough, smooth-smoky vocal stylings and a knack for intricate arrangements that has brought about comparisons to Sufjan Stevens. Sollee shares himself completely with his audience, whether it is personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment.

In 2007 NPR’s Morning Edition named him one of the Top Ten Unknown Artists of the Year and one year later, he released an EP of his own material, If You’re Gonna Lead My Country, and followed it with a full-length album named Learning to Bend. In 2010 and 2012, Ben Sollee made it to the Top Heatseekers Billboard charts with Half Made Men and Dear Companion. Sollee can often be found riding a bicycle to his concerts (cello strapped to the back), which have become legendary for their intimacy.

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