While it seems to be getting tougher to find musicians who play an actual instrument, or for that matter, who do not run their vocals through auto-tune — they do exist. Fresh Music Friday is a weekly series designed to widen your musical horizons, and to give you a taste of artists and musical styles you may wish to explore further. While some of the artists featured here may not be “new,” they promise to freshen your catalog of music.
This week, take a listen to Ben Sollee — a Kentucky-born cellist and singer-songwriter who will help you see the cello in a whole new light. With a youth spent intermixed with fiddle tunes and folk songs of the Appalachian Plateau, and an education based in classical music training, Sollee’s unique sound (and the peculiar way he plays his cello) is a genre-bending take on folk music.
In this video, Ben Sollee performs “A Few Honest Words” at the Lincoln Memorial:
Produced by Mason Jar Music
Written & Performed by Ben Sollee
Video by Andrew Ellis
Sound by Dan Knobler
Recorded and Filmed Live in Washington, DC
Ty Marshal is the Executive Director at the Center for the Arts in Homer, N.Y – one of the Central New York region’s preeminent presenter of the arts and a proponent of community enrichment through world-class entertainment and arts education.