Continuing last night’s thread on Ben Sollee and why you should check his music out…
Great musicians do a lot with not much. How many singer-songwriters have you ever heard of accompany themselves with the cello?
Keep thinking on that, and let me know if you can think of any besides Ben Sollee (They have to be good, too, btw).
I actually got to see Ben perform a year or so ago in Richmond, KY. It was one of those concerts where it was just Ben and his cello. That takes a lot of guts and confidence as a musician. Your voice and your hands are it. The cello doesn’t have the reverb of other instruments. It’s rich, warm, and resonant, yes – but you are putting yourself out there, big time.
Then, this skinny white kid started to sing…and man, it was like Amos Lee and Sam Cooke were somehow up there with him.
Ben’s cover of A Change is Gonna Come is all his, but the smoky coolness in his voice is a definite tip of the hat to Cooke.
Just a cello and a voice…and that’s all Ben needs.