Ben Sollee performs at Asheville Music Hall-attachment0

Ben Sollee performs at Asheville Music Hall

Ben Sollee is not your typical pop singer. Aside from his genre-blurring songwriting — a folk-centric blend of Appalachian roots, soulful vocals and pop-friendly melodies — it’s not often you see a classically-trained cellist tapping and scraping his instrument to mimic hip-hop beats, plucking its strings like a guitar or covering Tom Waits tunes. Not to mention hauling the enormous instrument from show to show on a bicycle.

Local musicians record film score at Echo Mountain-attachment0

Local musicians record film score at Echo Mountain

A host of local players converged on Echo Mountain this week to record music for the upcoming Sci-Fi thriller The Proxy. Multi-instrumentalist/producer/bandleader Ben Lovett organized and headed the session, which spanned two days in the converted church that now houses Echo Mountain’s primary studios. Xpress was in the control room to bring you this inside look.