Sunday, February 28, 2010

SXSW preview – Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore

Photo courtesy of Sub Pop

The pair is probably the least recognizable figures on the star-studded Sub Pop roster, but Dear Companion has certainly caught my attention. The Kentucky natives crafted the album to bring attention and its proceeds to Appalachian Voices, an organization that works against Mountaintop Removal coal mining. The talented Jim James, a fellow Kentucky musician, produced the album and is featured on some of the tracks.

Each artist has their own solo career, but as a duo they really shine. I’m going to bet right now that their harmonies are even more stunning in a live setting. I’m hoping that Cheyenne Mize, who I saw with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, will accompany on fiddle and vocals. Be sure to check them out at SXSW since it may be your only opportunity to hear Dear Companion’s songs live. Check out their solo work here and here.

If you’re still not sold, then check out this recent in-store that You Ain’t No Picasso posted.

Thur., 3/18 – Central Presbyterian Church, 7:30 PM
Fri., 3/19 - Waterloo Records, 3 PM
Fri., 3/19 – Stompin’ Grounds (3801 S. Congress), 5 PM

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