One of the most enjoyable parts of my job in the Communications department is learning about the artists we present (or in this case "co-present"). And I must admit, I'm currently smitten with young Ben Sollee.
The twenty-something performer, still relatively "unknown" by the general public, already has a National Public Radio "archive" of articles and interviews in his name.
NPR Music pegged him as one of the Top 10 Great Unknown Artists of 2007. Sollee made the list along with...well, I'd name the other artists on the list, but let's face it, you probably wouldn't know them. I'd never heard of them either.
I've struggled to find adjectives to describe what I like about his music. If pushed, I'd have to say "Ben Sollee writes and performs music that is refreshing, intelligent, and hopeful."
That may sound like a very tame and altogether lame endorsement for a live musician, but hear me out. Better yet, listen to Ben playing live on WXPN's World Café with David Dye.