Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore, "Dear Companion" (Sub Pop)
Release Date: February 16, 2010
After meeting on MySpace and trading e-mails about their mutual concerns about mountaintop removal coal mining, Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore decamped to My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James' house to record "Dear Companion." Songs like "Sweet Marie" showcase Sollee's classical training, and the mournful "Flyrock Blues" highlights Moore's guitar chops.
While the album isn't overtly political, Sollee says the pair sought to create a narrative thread about communities affected by destruction and poverty. "Our goal was to create a platform for people to think about issues of consumption and energy use," Sollee says, "but to do it in a way that was focused on storytelling."