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Call it modern Appalachian. There are overt shades of old-time Appalachian music in “Something, Somewhere, Sometime,” “Try,” and the title track, but most of the album conjures a feel for the place without directly referencing its specific musical vocabulary. The tunes are as rich and varied as the performers. Sollee is a classically trained cellist (he was once part of the Sparrow Quartet with Bela Fleck) and he puts his chops to work in many interesting and unexpected ways. Moore is a folky singer-songwriter with a smooth, pleasing voice and keen ear for melody. The interplay between acoustic guitar, banjo, and cello is moving and mesmerizing, especially on the dreamy acoustic folk of “My Wealth Comes to Me,” “Only a Song,” and “Flyrock Blues,” ballads like the soothing “It Won’t Be Long,” and the gentle instrumental “Flyrock #2.” Further contributions are made by fellow- Kentucky native Jim James of My Morning Jacket, who produced the album and added some guitar and backing vocals. Filled with intriguing, poetic lyrics and inspired musicianship, this is a gorgeous album that comes across like a labor of love.

Customer Reviews

Ben Sollee

Through my hectic day, it's always great to know I can turn my day around just by listening to Ben Sollee. His music is inspiring, uplifting, relaxing, and fun! Everytime I hear "Panning for Gold" from Learning to Bend I want to cry it's so amazing. Being a cellist myself, I highly enjoy the great things he does with an amazing instrument. Keep it up Ben! I can't wait to hear Dear Companion!

They did it again!

Both Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore have produced another incredible piece of work! Ben's raw vocals somehow blend beautifully with Daniel's rich chords. This is a wonderful album! Standouts (in my opinion) include "Flyrock Blues", "Sweet Marie", and my new favorite "Try". I don't know how these artists are consistently fantastic, but I am very thankful that they are!

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore

I saw these guys live in San Francisco last night. What an incredible show!!!! They are definitely not to be missed if this tour passes through your area. I discovered Ben Sollee on NPR's All Songs Considered web site just a few weeks ago and can't sttop listening to him. His music is infectious. He's got it all, great voice, great playing, and a lot to say. I have to to check out Daniel Martin Moore"s solo album. He was great in concert. I highly recommend 'Dear Companion' as well as Ben's 'Learning to Bend'. I sure look forward to more music from these guys.


Born: Lexington, KY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

A classically trained cellist, Ben Sollee made his name as a backup musician before launching a songwriting career in 2008. Raised in Lexington, KY, he began playing cello as a fourth-grade student and slowly blossomed into a talented instrumentalist, receiving encouragement from his two music-minded parents along the way. The family household was often filled with vintage soul music -- Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday, and Otis Redding being the most consistent selections -- and Sollee’s...
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