Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ben Sollee’s Television Debut Tonight On Jimmy Kimmel Live

Here's a little info from Ben's Mgmt:

Catch songwriter Ben Sollee tonight as he makes is national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live (February 24th / ABC / check local listings). !!!!!  SXSW and U.S. tour dates have been confirmed in support of his second full-length ‘Learning to Bend’ and digital EP ‘Something Worth Keeping’ (featuring the duet “Only a Song” with Jim James of My Morning Jacket).

I think Silas House can say this better than I ever could:  “Ben Sollee's set was rousing and riveting; by the third song (a reworking of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come"), he had silenced the entire, large room which had earlier held some loud talkers at the back. By the time Sollee was halfway through the show, the crowd was fairly mesmerized…Sollee brings the cello out of the realm of classical music and makes it a part of the people's music…He plays it as funky, country, Appalachian, classical, bluesy, and folksy. Sometimes all in the same song, and it works every time.” – Silas House, for No Depression

Here’s the rundown: Sollee was born and raised in Kentucky, classically trained and steeped in Southern Gothic and scratchy soul 45s.  Profiled on NPR All Things Considered and named one of Paste Magazine’s favorite songwriters of 2008, Ben has worked with avant-garde bluesman Otis Taylor and Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet.  He’s an activist against the mountain top removal of his home state of Kentucky, but we’ll get to that really soon.  We promise.

Ben  / NPR All Things Considered:

Ben / “How To See The Sun Rise” @ Paste Magazine

Tour Dates

* with Daniel Martin Moore
+ opening for Vienna Teng

Feb 25          Orlando, FL             The Social *
Feb 26          Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder *
Feb 27          Birmingham, AL  Bottle Tree Café *
Feb 28          Oxford, MS              Proud Larry’s *
March 3         Houston, TX             House of Blues *
March 4         Austin, TX              Stubb’s Jr. +
March 5         Dallas, TX              House of Blues *
March 7         St. Louis, MO   Blueberry Hill *
March 18 -19    Austin, TX              SXSW (schedule forthcoming)
April 7         Somerville, MA  Somerville Theatre +
April 8         Vienna, VA              The Barnes at Wolf Trap +
April 10        New York, NY    Le Poisson Rouge +
April 11        Glenside, PA    Keswick Theater +
April 14-15     Ann Arbor, MI   The Ark +
April 17        Chicago, IL             Schubas +
April 28        San Francisco, CA       Café Du Nord (headline)
April 29        Los Angeles, CA The Roxy +
May 1           San Diego, CA   Anthology +
May 2           Tucson, AZ              Club Congress +
May 4           Mesa, AZ                Mesa Arts Center +
May 8           Louisville, KY  Bomhard Theater *
May 9           Atlanta, GA             Variety Playhouse +

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