Singer-songwriter-cellist and Asheville favorite Ben Sollee returns this weekend with a show at the Peel. Two tix to the first one who can tell us Sollee’s home state. Please use your correct first and last name, so we know who to tell the Peel to hold your tickets for.
This contest is open only to people who have not won an Ashvegas contest in the past month. You must be 18 to win.
From the Peel:
Musicians often claim they are “giving themselves” to their listeners, but it’s rarely as true as on Ben Sollee’s fourth album, Half-Made Man, a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are. Known for his thrilling celloplaying 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 be by personal lyrics, or his commitment to the environment. Sollee can often be found riding a bicycle to his concerts (cello strapped to the back), which have become legendary for their intimacy. The album, produced by Sollee himself, boasts a sublime cast of musicians, including Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) on electric/acoustic guitar and pedal steel, Alana Rocklin on bass, Jordon Ellis on percussion, Jeremy Kittel (formerly of the Turtle Island String Quartet) on violin, and guest vocals by Abigail Washburn. Sollee contributes octave mandolin, guitar, and of course, his signature cello.
“The first thing you’ll notice is that this guy is one hell of a cellist. Or, more accurately, you’ll feel the presence of his playing, but he employs his instrument in such tasteful, eclectic ways (never showing off his degree through extended solos) that it’s almost tough to notice he’s playing it.” – Paste
“He doesn’t so much play the cello as conjure sound from it. He hammers it, beats it, strokes it, strums it like a harp, slaps it like a bass. He seems to breathe with it and through it, pulling its notes from a source deep within his own creative well.” – Mountain Xpress
Limited seating available.
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9pmTickets: $15 advance / $17 day of show