Acclaimed cellist, songwriter and activist Ben Sollee has announced tour dates in support of his upcoming release Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native. The highly anticipated album is a thought-provoking conversation about the practice and art of an ever-evolving American genre and is set for release on August 11th. Paste Magazine recently premiered the powerful video for “Pieces Of You,” a nostalgic song that places emphasis on human existence and was inspired by Sollee’s real-life friendship with conceptual artist Louis Zoellar Bickett II, view HERE.
This is the first official leg of tour dates with Sollee’s band Kentucky Native, which includes longtime collaborator Jordon Ellis (Percussion), Julian Pinelli (Fiddle) and Bennett Sullivan (Banjo). The group will perform in 20 cities throughout the month of September. The tour will cover territory in the Midwest with stops in Nashville, Chicago, Madison, Cleveland and Columbus. They will continue on toward the East Coast with performances in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Boston and Albany, before returning to Sollee’s hometown of Louisville, KY.
Ben Sollee consistently performs and creates music that causes the listener to reflect and think. On his upcoming release, Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native, his curious spirit leads to further exploration about the beginnings of bluegrass and the connection to the sounds of early Irish and Scottish musicians and worldly rhythms from across the globe. As Sollee traces the origins of roots music back to the immigrants who helped shape it, he reminds us of how the immigrants of today continue to shape our music and culture.
Sollee continues to combine his environmental activism with music, demonstrating how art can help tackle challenging issues and create meaningful change. His documentary short “Ditch The Van,” which chronicles his decision to embark on a tour by bicycle, received the New Normal Award at this year’s Telluride Mountainfilm Festival. The award was created to recognize the project that best represented the festival’s climate change-related theme.
BEN SOLLEE AND KENTUCKY NATIVE TOUR DATES
July 12 – Jackson, WY – Grand Teton Music Festival
July 13 – Minturn, CO – Little Beach Amphitheater
July 15 – Steamboat Springs, CO – Strings Music Festival
Aug. 11 – Telluride, CO – Sheridan Opera House
Aug. 18 – Aug. 20 – Lyons, CO – Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
Aug. 24 – Louisville, KY – Kentucky State Fair
Sept. 6 – Charleston, SC – Gibbes Museum of Art
Sept. 7 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
Sept. 8 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Sept. 9 – Corbin, KY – Moonbow Nights
Sept. 10 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Sept. 12 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
Sept. 13 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Sept. 14 – Grand Rapids, MI – Wealthy Theatre
Sept. 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Sept. 17 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
Sept. 18 – Columbus, OH – The Refectory
Sept. 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
Sept. 21 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Sept. 22 – Boston, MA – Café 939
Sept. 23 – Concord, NH – Capitol Center For The Arts
Sept. 24 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Sept. 26 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse
Sept. 27 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
Sept. 28 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
Sept. 30 – Louisville, KY – Nulu Festival