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Ben Sollee: Growing a Sense of Togetherness

Performing Labor

An interview with cellist, singer/songwriter, storyteller, composer, improviser, and activist, Ben Sollee. Highlights Combining music and drama - 6:58 Find your path and pursue it - 12:04 Why study classical music - 18:15 The culture of classical music - 22:24 The music business - 28:10 Helping people feel something - 41:18 Finding a balance point - 47:09 Consistency is really important - 48:23 His mission - 50:06 A crucial shift for growing - 51:22 It’s important to support artists - 55:10 Transparency is key - 56:16 Building trust is what it’s all about - 57:21 Handling disruption - 58:40 Why he is still in Kentucky - 59:59 Making a career in the arts - 1:06:36 Episode Resources Connect with Robert Hunt Simonds: roberthuntsimonds@gmail.com http://roberthuntsimonds.com/ http://craigwagnermusic.blogspot.com Connect with Ben Sollee https://www.bensollee.com Ben Sollee and the Louisville Orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKP3Wm3ioRY Ben Sollee and the Downtown Chamber Series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8siR1tmT5zE

1hr 6mins

14 Apr 2021

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Ben Sollee + James Lindsey


Environmental activist and cellist Ben Sollee tells a story about learning that his family sold their ancestral land to a coal company. Songwriter and rapper James Lindsey reflects on fatherhood, and shares a studio recording of his song “Hoop Sessions.”SongWriterPodcast.comTwitter.com/SnogWriterInstagram.com/SongWriterPodcastFacebook.com/SongWriterPodcast


10 Nov 2020

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Episode 9: Socially Responsible Artistry in the Modern Music Industry with Ben Sollee

Make More Music

Welcome back to Make More Music, the podcast that connects people to music & one another. Today we chat with NPR featured, genre-bending cellist & composer Ben Sollee. This native Kentuckian shares his musical backstory, his history of work with talented artists (Abigail Washburn, etc.), launching a solo career, his socially conscious artistry projects, and how he supports budding professional musicians. Don't miss this one! Follow Ben Sollee on instagram Check out Ben Sollee's website Watch Ben's NPR Tiny Desk concert Support the show: For free: It helps a ton if you leave a rating and review on your podcast player! Also, text this episode to a friend/family member/coworker/stranger/etc. Donate to directly support the show Get your MMM Merch Follow us on instagram @make.more.music Subscribe here & join the mailing list Email us makemoremusicpodcast@gmail.com & nominate a guest here Give more grace. Share more love. Make. More. Music.Support Make More Music

1hr 4mins

9 Mar 2020

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Planet Service Announcement S02 E05 Ben Sollee

Planet Service Announcement

Ben Sollee is a musician and activist hailing from the great state of Kentucky. We talk about traveling the world for decades as a rock star cellist, touring the country with his band by bicycle, and why he's taking a break from the road to focus on a new non-profit in his home state.


27 Dec 2019

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Something From Nothing: Ben Sollee's Music will Surprise You

Something From Nothing

Season Finale of Something From Nothing features celloist Ben Sollee. Ben Sollee chose the Celle as a youngster for a unique reason and adding his own sound never stopped. Hear his story on this week's episode of Something From Nothing. Ben ends the episode with a song about a Paducah boat.


26 Jun 2019

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EPISODE 9 – Ben Sollee

County Roots Collective


17 Jun 2019

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A Life Update from Musician Ben Sollee

Five Things

Musician Ben Sollee, who was first on the show in September 2017, gives us an update on his new daughter, his new day job, and his new side gigs. It's a lot.


24 Jan 2019

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Ben Sollee On Music & Life With Lori Mangum #502LeaderSeries

The Serendipitous Channel with @MisterJasonMudd

Ben Sollee is the real deal. Humble, talented, down to earth, but with the chops to make it and the creativity to set himself apart. He chats with Lori Mangum on this special episode of the #502LeaderSeries.


3 Sep 2018

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Episode 37: Musician Ben Sollee on Polaroids, Coffee, and the Legend of Zelda

Five Things

My guest this week, Louisville-based musician Ben Sollee, has been recording and touring since 2008, so he's done a LOT of interviews over the years. He's good at talking about his music, how he makes it, why he does what he does, and the environmental and cultural issues he wants to advocate. But this exercise of selecting physical objects is a way to get someone like Ben out of the usual "artist interview" routine, and even if you've heard him interviewed before, this conversation was something different. He’s got a new album just out, called “Kentucky Native,” and a new baby on the way later this fall. And as you’ll hear, he’s taking stock of what’s important and thinking about what’s next.


7 Sep 2017

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WoodSongs 872: Ben Sollee and Luke Bulla

Woodsongs Vodcasts

BEN SOLLEE featuring Jordan Ellis finds this innovative Kentucky cellist and genre-bending songwriter teaming up with his longtime collaborator, drummer Jordon Ellis. The two dive deep into heavy cello and drum grooves, adventurous instrumentals, and achingly beautiful songs on Ben�s first full-length studio album in four years �Infowars.� Sollee and Ellis were on a quest to capture the energy and dynamics that inhabits their live performances. It is a record that both broadens and extends the songwriter�s already eclectic sound by incorporating electronics, field recordings, and samples to a create a cinematic quality that defies genre. LUKE BULLA has been singing and playing music most of his life. He won the National Fiddle Contest six times as a kid and won the Grand Champion division at age sixteen, making him the youngest to have earned the title at the time. As a full-time Nashville resident since 1999, Luke has enjoyed playing fiddle with Ricky Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, as well as other wonderful musicians including Earl Scruggs, Lee Ann Womack, Brandi Carlile, Kevin Costner, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush. Luke has completed his seventh season touring with Lyle Lovett in the world famous Large Band. As a solo artist, Luke's debut on the Pure Music Nashville label, 'Who Loves You Better�, was released early this year. WoodSongs Kid: Chapel Tinius of Bowling Green Kentucky is 16 and was crowned “Miss Kentucky Outstanding Teen� in 2016. She�s an incredible fiddle player and will be performing with the reigning Miss Kentucky winner Laura Jones who is also an extraordinary fiddler.

1hr 20mins

30 Mar 2017