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Happy Holidays from all of us at eTown – Missy Higgins and Ben Sollee this week!

Hi friends -

Zack here, filling in for Helen over this wonderful holiday break. We hope everyone is taking some time to step back and enjoy life this week with friends, family and loved ones. For me, having some down time at the year’s end is one of the most valuable things that seems to happen all year long. It gives me time to focus, to recalibrate and most importantly to breath. It’s easy for us to forget sometimes, how each moment in life can be cherished if we just stop and take some time to pay attention. This morning I set out on a walk with my new puppy and a camera I bring just about everywhere I go. It was so calm and quiet, and I noticed so many beautiful things I don’t normally see when my mind is racing with the normal day’s many tasks. I’ve made a commitment to do that a few more times during our break for the holidays. It inspired me to work on some artistic projects that I have been putting off that I know will be really fulfilling. Whatever your pleasure or hobby or source enjoyment is, I hope you’ll take some time this holiday season to dive in and enjoy it! photo

We have a really cool show lined up for you this week as well, in our radio broadcast and podcast. Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins, and, our old friend, young cello innovator Ben Sollee join us for a one-of-a-kind musical matchup. This was Missy’s first visit, and she and her band were really amazing folks. Ben Sollee has been with us a few times, and it is always great to catch up with him and hear what he is up to musically. Super cool guy, with a great mind for many important social causes as well. There are a few videos from the taping below, and if you are out traveling for the holidays, you can actually listen to this show and many others straight from your phone if you happen to own an iPhone, through our free app. You can download that in seconds in the iTunes app store.  photo(1)

We look forward to bringing you lots of great musical guests and E-Chievement Award stories in 2014. Meanwhile, enjoy your holidays, and be sure to take some time to ‘stop and smell the roses’, whatever those roses may be.

Till next year! We will talk to you soon!

- Zack

 

Missy Higgins / Ben Sollee

In this week’s popular re-airing, eTown welcomes award-winning Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins and cello innovator Ben Sollee for a one-of-a-kind musical matchup. For Missy Higgins, the last eight years have been nothing short of a whirlwind. With three No. 1 albums in Australia, multiple Top Ten singles, over one million global album sales and a U.S. gold single, it’s clear that Higgins is showing no signs of slowing down in the music world. Cello virtuoso/singer/songwriter Ben Sollee is also back with us, combining his music with environmental and social causes, much of which you’ll hear about in this week’s show. As always, this broadcast/podcast is full of great music, insightful conversation and, of course, an inspiring E-Chievement Award story.

Missy Higgins / Ben Sollee

In this week’s broadcast. eTown welcomes award-winning Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins and cello innovator Ben Sollee to the newly renovated eTown Hall for a one-of-a-kind musical matchup. For Missy Higgins, the last eight years have been nothing short of a whirlwind. With three No. 1 albums in Australia, multiple Top Ten singles, over one million global album sales and a U.S. gold single, it’s clear that Higgins is showing no signs of slowing down in the world of music. Cello virtuoso/singer/songwriter Ben Sollee is also back with us to share music from his upcoming collection of self-produced recordings, entitled Half-Made Man. Throughout his career, Sollee has been a strong example of a musician that melds music with environmental and social causes, much of what you’ll hear about in this week’s show. As always, it’s an episode full of great music, insightful conversation and, of course, an inspiring E-Chievement Award story. Be sure to tune in!

eTown Live Radio Show Taping Featuring Missy Higgins and Ben Sollee – SOLD OUT

Don’t Miss This Live eTown Taping!

eTOWN WELCOMES AUSTRALIAN SINGER/SONGWRITER MISSY HIGGINS AND  CELLIST BEN SOLLEE FOR AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND CONVERSATION AT ETOWN HALL

WHEN: August 23, 2012 / 7:00PM SHOW (6:30 PM Doors)
WHERE: eTown Hall
1535 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302

COST: $22.00 (plus tax and theater fee) / SOLD OUT


eTown hosts Nick and Helen Forster welcome award-winning Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins and cello innovator Ben Sollee to the newly renovated eTown Hall for an intimate evening of music and conversation.

For Missy Higgins, the last eight years have been nothing short of a whirlwind. With three No. 1 albums in Australia, multiple Top Ten singles, over one million global album sales and a U.S. gold single, it’s clear that Higgins is showing no signs of slowing down in the world of music. Among all of this success, she has also dedicated a healthy portion of her adult life focusing on other activities such as a volunteer work and activism for animal rights and environmental causes, making her a perfect addition to the family of artists that have made appearance in eTown over the years. Higgins will make her first visit to the show on the heels of her latest full-length album, entitled The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle, which is her first recording in five years, and her third straight No. 1 album in the ARIA charts.

In addition to Missy Higgins, cello virtuoso/singer/songwriter Ben Sollee will make his second stop in eTown to share music from his upcoming collection of self-produced recordings, entitled Half-Made Man. Sollee first gained major notice with his 2008 debut, Learning to Bend, which led NPR’s Morning Edition to call him one of the “Top Ten Great Unknown Artists” of the year.  Later, All Things Considered called his debut “an inspired collection of acoustic, folk and jazz-flavored songs, filled with hope and the earnest belief that the world is good.”  Around the same time, Sollee was touring the world with Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet alongside Grammy nominee Casey Driessen and multi-Grammy winner Bela Fleck. Throughout his career, Sollee has been a strong example of a musician that melds music with environmental and social causes. He has used his music to speak out against irresponsible practices such as mountaintop removal coal mining, to empower the movement for local food production and consumption and to address social issues such as poverty. In recent years, Sollee has taken that example even further by biking hundreds of miles between gigs, with gear in tow, to lessen the carbon footprint often associated with being a touring musician.
More than just a typical concert, each eTown taping is a unique live entertainment event that combines musical performance, information and inspiring conversation. In addition to lots of great music, the event will also feature a special E-Chievement Award story, a trademark staple of each and every eTown taping, highlighting one of the show’s listeners who has gone above and beyond to make a positive difference in their community.

 

Ben Sollee

Cello virtuoso Ben Sollee first gained major notice with his 2008 debut, Learning to Bend, which led NPR’s Morning Edition to call him one of the “Top Ten Great Unknown Artists” of the year.  Later, All Things Considered called his debut “an inspired collection of acoustic, folk and jazz-flavored songs, filled with hope and the earnest belief that the world is good.”  Around the same time, Sollee was touring the world with Abigail Washburn’s Sparrow Quartet alongside Grammy nominee Casey Driessen and multi-Grammy winner Bela Fleck. Sollee’s music drew the attention of My Morning Jacket frontman Yim Yames, who produced his second full-length album, a collaboration with Daniel Martin Moore. In 2010 they released Dear Companion, a stunning collection of songs meant to inspire environmental stewardship. The next year Sollee contributed his cello stylings to My Morning Jacket’s hit album Circuital and released Inclusions, a sonically awe-inspring album about relationships that was called “structurally brilliant” by Slant and “stunning” by No Depression.

Through it all, Sollee has garnered a rabid following of listeners devoted to his music.  Throughout his career, Sollee has been a strong example of a musician that melds music with environmental and social causes. He has used his music to speak out against irresponsible practices such as mountaintop removal coal mining, to empower the movement for local food production and consumption and to address social issues such as poverty. In recent years, Sollee has taken that example even further by biking hundreds of miles between gigs, with gear in tow, to lessen the carbon footprint often associated with being a touring musician.

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals / Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore

eTown treats you to an eclectic and exciting musical journey this week. In this rebroadcast, Hosts Nick & Helen Forster welcome Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Grace and her band are emerging as one of the nation’s foremost rock bands. (Rolling Stone named them one of the Best New Bands of 2010!). There’s also the acoustic driven duo of Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, featuring Ben on cello and vocals and Daniel on guitar and vocals; Nick & Helen and the eTones add their musical and vocal support to the duo’s sound. The E-Chievement Award goes to a New York State woman who founded an effective grassroots volunteer effort to help those in need in her community. It’s all capped off with a one-of-a-kind eTown finale!

 

(airing 5/25 – 5/31) eTown broadcast/podcast with Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore

Construction on eTown Hall is cranking away (you can see photos on our website, also on my Facebook page and eTown’s Facebook page too), it’s amazing to watch that funky old rundown building transform slowly but surely into something incredible. There’s been a lot of work done so far, with much more to go. But as we enjoy our 20th year of doing eTown, it’s comforting to know that the organization will finally have a permanent home after all these years. A lot of you have been asking about how things are going and how to support the eTown Hall building capital campaign. You can always reach the eTown crew at info@etown.org. We’d love to hear from you. And as many of you know, eTown the radio program is produced by a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so any contribution you may be inspired to make is tax deductible and helps keep eTown on the air. You can learn about our mission statement etc., right here on our website.

OK, enough of that stuff.  Now on to this week’s broadcast/podcast news:

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, a great group that hails from Burlington, VT, is with us this week. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love this band! Rolling Stone Magazine called them one of the ‘Best New Bands’ of 2010, and I totally agree with that. Grace has a voice that, in my opinion, rivals Janis Joplin. She’s fun, too, and absolutely gorgeous (not that that matters for radio, but hey, check out this week’s blog’s photo album and you’ll see what I mean). Plus she’s a terrific entertainer. Her band mates are all stellar in their own right, really talented players; and all of them, Grace included, are really great people.

Our other musical visitors this show are the talented acoustic duo of Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore (both originally from Kentucky), with Daniel on guitar, Ben on cello, and both of them on stellar vocals. Nick & the eTones back them up on a tune or two, and I get to do my favorite vocal thing in the world, join in a three-part harmony blend on a couple songs as well. BTW they’re both very environmentally conscious guys. They’re passionately for sustainable energy and against the environmentally destructive mountain top removal going on in the Appalachian Mountains,  all of which they talk about during the program. Ben has even been known to shun petroleum based transportation on a regular basis, proudly riding his bike (while carrying his cello mind you) from gig to gig . . across the U.S.! (I am not kidding, he talks about that too). David and Ben really fit the eTown model to a T. Not to mention they are two truly talented players, writers and singers. Really fun having them with us.


The E-Chievement Award this week goes to a New York State woman, who started an amazingly successful grassroots volunteer effort to help those in need in her community.

So, tune in or podcast or whatever, but be there with us, this week, in eTown. I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

xo Helen

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals / Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore

eTown treats you to an eclectic and exciting musical journey this week. Hosts Nick & Helen Forster welcome for their first visit, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Grace and her band are emerging as one of the nation’s foremost rock bands with a rabid fan following. (Rolling Stone named them one of the Best New Bands of 2010!). There’s also the acoustic driven duo of Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, featuring Ben on cello and vocals and Daniel on guitar and vocals. “Sollee’s deft stringwork adds an uncommon dimension to his songs about life and love.” (Paste Magazine). And Nick & Helen and the eTones add their tasty musical and vocal layers to the duo’s sound on a cut or two as well. The E-Chievement Award goes to a New York State woman who founded an effective grassroots volunteer effort to help those in need in her community. Tune in!

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Grace Potter & The Nocturnals / Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore

eTown treats you to an eclectic and exciting musical journey this week. Hosts Nick & Helen Forster welcome for their first visit, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. Grace and her band are emerging as one of the nation’s foremost rock bands with a rabid fan following. (Rolling Stone named them one of the Best New Bands of 2010!). There’s also the acoustic driven duo of Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, featuring Ben on cello and vocals and Daniel on guitar and vocals. “Sollee’s deft stringwork adds an uncommon dimension to his songs about life and love.” (Paste Magazine). And Nick & Helen and the eTones add their tasty musical and vocal layers to the duo’s sound on a cut or two as well. The E-Chievement Award goes to a New York State woman who founded an effective grassroots volunteer effort to help those in need in her community. Tune in!

Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore