Ditch the van and get on your bike! That’s one way to tour in this green-minded world we live in… and it’s the Ben Sollee way. Our friend Ben Sollee came to us via an email message we received about a musician who was on tour, heading to intimate venues with a cello strapped to his bicycle. Apparnetly Ben once traveled 330 miles to Bonnaroo with his supplies and his cello on board. He uses a special long-frame bicycle made by Xtracycle which weighs about 60 lbs. when fully packed. We knew there was a story to tell here, and we started a dialogue with Ben about what he was looking to accomplish.
A series of shows was being recorded during a residency at Grocery on Home in Atlanta, GA… audio in a small venue is always a challenge. Ben and company reached out to us and put us up to the challenge of capturing Ben’s vocals, cello and overall vibe of the room. Sounded like a job for the KSM9 on vocals and Beta 181 on cello and ultimate room vibe. The Beta 98AMP made an appearance on the toms and snare, KSM32 was on overheads duty and employed to mic the big bass drum, Beta 91A in the cajon, KSM9 on the box and the standard SM57 on amp. The captivating results are evident on Ben’s latest recording, Live At The Grocery On Home. Ben Sollee was joined by fellow musicians Casey Driessen (fiddle and mandocaster) and Jordon Ellis (drums, cajon and samples) and the vibe is certainly captured, it feels like you’re there, really. Here’s a link to the CNN story… http://bit.ly/xJToh3
Ben will be coming to Chicago soon and I will definitely be there. In the meantime, I will keep this CD on repeat, picking up on every nuance our trusty Shure microphones captured. Thanks to Grayson Hunter for the great photos and thanks to Mr. Ben Sollee for making us a part of this very cool project.