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Ben Sollee

Cellist Ben Sollee is like Andrew Bird with a little more soul, or Arthur Russell with a bit more bounce. Initially making his name as Abigail Washburn’s sideman and a member of her Sparrow Quartet (which features none other than Bela Fleck on lead banjo duties), Sollee’s solo material skews more heavily in the pop direction, making him a bit of an oddity amongst his fellow folkies. The title track off his debut album, Bend, features Washburn in a supporting role, and is one of the most heart-rending songs you’re likely to hear this year.

Listen to the song, A Change is Gonna Come.