Vinyl LP with Damaged Cover
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It was the cat-poles around the lake at his grandfather s farm that inspired Ben Sollee's debut album Learning To Bend. The frailty of those awkward looking plants standing stoutly against winds that challenged even the strongest of nearby trees is an affecting metaphor for human struggle and perseverance. This idea is central to Learning To Bend.
Key tracks on Learning To Bend include two reactions to the current political landscape, "A Few Honest Words," and an adaptation of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come," in which Ben has written updated, politically relevant verses. Other highlights of the album are the playful, soul track, "How To See the Sun Rise" and the vulnerable yet insistent "It's Not Impossible," where Ben laments the unfortunate status quo that boys don't cry.
Ben has found considerable success in recent years through his ability to bend. In 2007, he was named one of NPR s Top Ten Unknown Artists of the Year. His distinctive cello technique and soulful voice have been marinating for years in his work with avant-garde bluesman Otis Taylor, The Sparrow Quartet, (featuring banjo-master Bala Fleck), and on the internationally known Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.
|A Few Honest Words|
|How to See the Sun Rise|
|Bury Me With My Car|
|It's Not Impossible|
|Prettiest Tree on the Mountain|
|Panning for Gold|
|A Change is Gonna Come|
|Built for This|
|Copper and Malachite|