My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel to Join Ben Sollee on PledgeMusic-Powered Album
Ben Sollee has entered the studio to record his third solo album, Half-Made Man. The album will feature a few guest musicians, including Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Jeremy Kittel (Turtle Island String Quartet) and Sollee’s right hand man, percussionist Jordon Ellis.
“In lieu of having a single producer-type character in the studio,” Sollee said in a statement, “I’ve taken the approach that, if you have a few great musicians sitting in a room, and you give them room to play, amazing things will happen.” He continues, “In the past, I’ve performed, arranged, scored, conducted, chauffeured, catered, and done all the other things that needed to be done. This time, I’m here to make music with some great musical friends… that’s it.”
Half-Made Man is being recorded with engineer Kevin Rattermann (My Morning Jacket) in Louisville, KY at an old parishioner’s house. Sollee has also raised money from fans through a PledgeMusic Campaign to fund the album’s promotional budget. In just 48 hours, fans helped Sollee reach his goal by scooping up pre-ordered copies of Half-Made Man, handwritten lyrics, bicycle cymbals and even a once-worn “Cosby” sweater. 10% of the campaign’s proceeds will also go to Oxfam America. Half-Made Man is slated to release this fall.