We are extremely honored and excited that recording artists Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore have chosen iLoveMountains.org to receive 100% of the artist proceeds from their new album, Dear Companion.
Dear Companion is a collaboration between Ben, Daniel, producer/recording artist Yim Yames. Recorded in the first half of 2009 in Kentucky, the album explores the Appalachian home they love and aims to draw attention to the issue of mountaintop removal coal mining and its impact on the people and heritage of Central Appalachia.
We are so thankful to Ben, Daniel and Sub Pop records for using the power of music to raise awareness about the threat this mining practice poses to America's beloved Appalachian mountains.
Kentucky-native Ben Sollee performs a unique synthesis of folk, soul, jazz and bluegrass, choosing a cello rather than a guitar as his instrument. Sollee received critical praise for his 2008 debut album, Learning to Bend, and was chosen as one of NPR's "Top 10 Unknown Artists of the Year." Ben has been known to strap his cello on his back and ride his bike from one gig to the next, and has collaborated with numerous luminary musicians such as Otis Taylor and Bela Fleck.
Daniel Martin Moore is a singer and songwriter from Kentucky known for his deceptively simple, soft playing style which has been compared to Nick Drake and M. Ward. His first album, Stray Age, was released at the end of 2008 by Sub Pop Records and was produced by Joe Chiccarelli (The White Stripes, U2, The Shins).
Producer Yim Yames is a renowned guitarist/singer/songwriter from Monsters of Folk and My Morning Jacket.
If you haven't already, add your voice to the individuals who have pledged to end mountaintop removal coal mining.
Donate to iLoveMountains.org at the $50 level or higher to receive the Dear Companion CD free! The 1st 100 to donate at the $75 level will also receive a free autographed poster.