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Summer in Kentucky and Fall in Europe!

Hi there,I don’t know about you but I’m having fun this summer! If you’ve been following my adventures on Facebook or Twitter you’ll have seen and heard some of the memorable shows through the northeast in June. I even shared a tip on where to find what I think is the best ice cream in America. If you want, you can revisit the shows on my Set.fm page where you can download the recordings from almost every night. And there’s still a lot to come this summer and some exciting news for the fall!

Louisville: I’m thrilled to be teaming up with my friends down at WFPK to headline a free show on July 30 as part of the Waterfront Wednesday series. We’re pulling out all the stops for this one: great musicians, dancers, and even some interactive light sculptures. I’m calling it a Canopy Concert to raise awareness about the need for more and healthier trees in Louisville, and to that effect, you can preorder a download of the evening’s show for $5 on Set.fm, with $1 of every set going to benefit Love Louisville Trees. I hope you can make it.

Not to be outdone, Lexington’s WUKY has kicked off its inaugural season of Phoenix Fridays. This great series is also free and welcoming to all music fans. I’ll join the talented cast of performers on August 22, so come out and support all this good local art and community-oriented entertainment.

And now for some very exciting news a little farther afield…friends in Europe, I’m FINALLY coming to play for you! Yep, after years of good intentions I’ve been able to line up the stars for a September tour. Ticketing links and complete venue information will be on the website soon, but but here is the schedule for the this tightly packed run:

9/16/14 Cologne, Germany
9/17/14 Münster, Germany
9/18/14 Neuchatel, Switzerland
9/19/14 Aarau, Switzerland
9/21/14 Workshop in Castellon, Spain
9/22/14 Castellon, Spain
9/23/14 Madrid, Spain
9/24/14 Valencia, Spain
9/25/14 Barcelona, Spain
9/26/14 Leon, Spain
9/27/14 Coruña, Spain
9/28/14 Ourense, Spain

There’s a lot more news on the horizon but, for now, be well, thanks for the support, and I hope to see you at an upcoming show.

Ben

Vinyl Signing!

HSVinyl

The 180-gram vinyl printing of The Hollow Sessions is finally in and they are beautiful. We”re celebrating with two special signing events this weekend. Join us Saturday at Please & Thank You in Louisville from 10am-12pm. Then we”ll wrap up in blackjack Lexington at The Morris Book casino online Shop from 3pm-5pm. There”s not many too be had so get there early!

Can”t make it to Kentucky? Order yours here:
http://institute193.bigcartel.com/product/ben-sollee-the-hollow-session-limited-edition-vinyl-pre-order

We will also have a limited amount of the Live at the Grocery on Home cds, a few Learning to Bend vinyl, and tickets to the Jan 16th show at Headliners! Talk about one-stop shopping!!

The Marlinton Project: Thank You!

Over $5K Raised in 3 Days!

Thanks for supporting The Marlinton Project!

I found out about the fire that chewed through downtown Marlinton, WV only last Thursday. A whole city block in the heart of the community up in smoke! Immediately, there was a shift in momentum for my show at the Pocahontas County House on Friday. These folks needed support and good energy!

So, I hurriedly set up this IndieGoGo campaign and I”m proud to say, we did it! On top of my initial contribution of $1000 you all collective threw in $4675 of your hard earned money. I”m so pleased and deeply grateful for you all teaming up with me. But, I think the folks in Marlinton might be even more so.

The money is already on its way to help the Volunteer Firefighters pay off the substantial expenses of fighting the fires and helping relocate the families. Obviously, they have a lot of work ahead of them and will need WAY more capital to rebuild. But, the message we sent as a community was, “you matter and you can overcome this.” Judging by the response at the show and around town, they heard it loud and clear.

I wish had more to give you to express my thanks. For now, please know that I am sincerely grateful and trust that I will continue to pay this forward.

All the best!

~ben