Ben Sollee stops in Asheville, rehearses at The LAB

Indie cellist Ben Sollee is no stranger to Asheville. The Lexington, Ky., native has strong ties to the area — his longtime tour manager, Katie Benson, lives in West Asheville, his touring sound engineer was formerly employed at The Orange Peel and yours truly joined the band for a weeklong bicycle tour along the Gulf Coast in November. Last month, Sollee headlined Asheville Music Hall, and with a new record, Half Made Man, due this fall, Sollee is likely to return before year’s end. 

Naturally, then, it’s not all that surprising to spot the songwriter strolling down Haywood Road, as I did Sunday afternoon. Sollee and his drummer, Jordon Ellis, were in town for a few days between shows in Atlanta and Charlottesville, Va. Yesterday, I caught up with the pair again, this time as they rehearsed and experimented with a Moog Little Phatty in The LAB‘s back room.

Check out a few short clips from the session:

Ben Sollee: LAB Rehearsal 6.18.12 from Dane Smith on Vimeo.


Ben Sollee: LAB Rehearsal 6.18.12, pt. 2 from Dane Smith on Vimeo.


Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.