Wooden Box

a documentary about Ben Sollee and all the good music can do!!!!


Ben Sollee is a 26 year-old classically trained cellist from Kentucky.  Through his cello, beautiful voice and thought-provoking poetic lyrics he broaches subjects like honesty in politics, his grandparents dementia, boys being taught to disconnect from their emotions and love that doesn’t work out.  His unusual cello techniques and rich vocals create a unique mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, and R&B.

In June 2011 the Wall Street Journal listed Ben as one of the ten acts you won’t want to miss at Bonnaroo!

“Ben Sollee: On his new album “Inclusions,” the singer-cellist celebrates his many influences – there are references to bluegrass, brass bands, indie rock, New Orleans blues and chamber pop – and thanks to Sollee’s gifts as an arranger, it comes together beautifully. Audiences love his live shows and the new songs will spice up his set.”

In 2007 Ben was voted one of the Top 10 Great Unknown Artists by NPR.

“Ben Sollee’s set was rousing and riveting, by the third song (a reworking of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’)…By the time Sollee was halfway through the show, the crowd was fairly mesmerized…Sollee brings the cello out of the realm of classical music and makes it a part of the people’s music…He plays it as funky, country, Appalachian, classical, bluesy, and folksy.  Sometimes all in the same song, and it works every time.” — Silas House

“Wooden Box”, a documentary about Ben, his music, his first solo tour, his burgeoning career and the workshops he has done for school children to help demystify the cello (his wooden box) was screened for the first time at the Louisville International Film Festival in October 2012.

Ben Working HIs Magic

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