At this year’s Newport Folk Festival, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ben Sollee got a reputation as the guy who would, and did, sit in with anyone and everyone. No stage was left un-graced by the 28 year old Lexington, Kentucky native, and many were better for it. Beyond Sollee’s virtuosity on the cello, he has an uncanny ability to shuffle though genres and styles as if they were all sides of the same coin and if you couldn’t pick up on that live (though, how could you not) then rest assured, this musical chameleon’s ever shifting colors are on full display on his latest effort Half Made Man.
Trading idiosyncrasies for a sound that leans closer to pop than he has ever before, Man is Solee’s most focused effort to date and one that leans heavily on the more jam friendly sounds of fellow Kentuckians My Morning Jacket to deliver the same soulful tales of love, life and social consciousness that his fans have grown accustomed to. Whether it’s in anthemic lilt of “Whole Lot To Give,” the jazzy optimism of “The Healer” or the stadium rock by way of Andrew Bird chorus of “Unfinished” Sollee is utilizing everything in his rather sizeable bag of tricks on Man, and the result is an undeniably soulful record that will please without fail on first listen, but will reward greatly the more time one spends with it.
This Saturday Ben will bring the songs of Half Made Man, along with songs from the rest of his ever impressive, and ever expanding, catalog to U Street Music Hall in Washington DC, and tickets are still available right here! So come find out for yourself why so many people are honored to share the stage with this remarkable musician. It’s going to be a great night of music. We’ll see you at the show!