Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore

Thursday

SXSW Records

Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore

Dear Companion (Sub Pop)

A collaboration created to raise awareness of Appalachian mountaintop removal, Dear Companion sets the emerging talents of Kentucky songwriters Daniel Martin Moore and Ben Sollee with "Yim Yames" behind the boards. The result is harrowing, beautiful, and sincere. Though rooted in those Cumberland contours, the songs eschew brandishing bluegrass nods to instead serve Moore and Sollee's simple and earnest elegance. The latter's cello bends and sways like a hillside weeping willow, Sollee's smooth tenor finding high harmony on "My Wealth Comes to Me" and harboring hope and guilt through "Try" and "Only a Song." Moore's more straightforward on "Needn't Say a Thing" and "Sweet Marie," guitar plucked with a subtle grace as he winds the political into personal. The title track burns with darker fervor, but "Flyrock Blues" best issues the call: "Maybe you're livin' far away; there's nothin' under your ground for them to take ... but if they ever find the black rock there, you better beware." (Thu., 7:30pm, Central Presbyterian Church.)

***

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at austinchronicle.com/sxsw. Sign up for our South-by-specific newsletter at austinchronicle.com/newsletters/ for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest Tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Jeff Bryant
Sleeping With the Lights On (Record Review)

Isabella Castro-Cota, Feb. 9, 2018

Texas Platters
Lisa Morales
Luna Negra and the Daughter of the Sun (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 2, 2018

More by Doug Freeman
Texas Platters
Wild Child
Expectations (Record Review)

Feb. 9, 2018

Quit Your Day Job
Quit Your Day Job
Stark singer-songwriter David Ramirez used to box up 15,000 pies a day

Feb. 9, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle