When not playing in Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet, you can find cellist Ben Sollee releasing solo material and it looks like he's permanently on tour. Abigail Washburn's album was just released last Tuesday, May 20th, which I actually don't have a review copy, but they look like an Americana / bluegrassy-type of band (especially with that banjo).
You can buy Ben Sollee's If You're Going To Lead My Country 2-track EP for 10 Pepsi Points (which I bought this morning using said points). The two tracks are "A Change is Gonna Come" and "A Few Honest Words". Both songs will appear on his debut album, Learning To Bend to be released on June 10th, which we are going to review here on W♥M.
Sollee talks about the political EP title and about his Sam Cooke's cover:
It's time...time for new leadership in this country. In my travels I've had conversations with all the demographics and they too, regardless of political affiliation, believe it's time for a change. My mind is consumed with the potential that is ahead of us all and this new EP, if you're gonna lead my country..., is not meant to criticize, but rather inspire. One of my musical and personal heroes, Sam Cooke envisioned change for his race, and in my adaptation of his song 'A Change is Gonna Come' I envision it for our country and global community.
If You're Going To Lead My Country was just released on May 12th, look for Learning To Bend sometime in early June.