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Thursday, March 11, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore

Posted By on Thu, Mar 11, 2010 at 7:10 AM

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore are a couple of interesting cats. Multi-instrumentalist Sollee was the youngest member of the Sparrow Quartet, an all-star acoustic folk band headlined by banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck and singer Abigail Washburn. Sollee is a walk-it-like-he-talks-it environmentalist, once riding his Xtracycle from his native Kentucky to the Bonnaroo festival in support of Oxfam America, a nonprofit that fights poverty and hunger. Daniel Martin Moore returned home, also to Kentucky, from the Peace Corps last decade, and his unsolicited demo to Sub Pop led to a recording contract. On his 2008 debut, Stay Age, he collaborated with producer Joe Chiccarelli (who’s worked with the Shins and the White Stripes). Recently, Sollee and Moore hooked up with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James (another Kentuckian) to record Dear Companion, a song suite dedicated to their home state. The album mixes Moore’s Nick Drake-flavored numbers (“Flyrock Blues”) with Sollee’s more sweeping tunes (“Sweet Marie”). Proceeds from the record benefit Appalachian Voices, an organization dedicated to stopping mountaintop-removal mining. The duo’s tour also earmarks a portion of the revenue for the cause. They play the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124,, with Family of the Year opening at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. — Jeff Niesel

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