Ben Sollee, the cello-toting, Louisville-based singer-songwriter, is now Ben Sollee, the national blogger.
Sollee, who has a new album coming out September 25, is blogging daily on TreeHugger.com about his bike tour through the New England states.
TreeHugger is a national website dedicated to “driving sustainability mainstream,” according to their “About” section: “Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.”
We know them as a highly profitable website, with advertising and content a cut above even top national sites.
We know Ben as the unconventional anti-rock star who tours by bike.
Last fall, he was bicycling across downtown Louisville between gigs at Headliners and Uncle Slayton’s.
This year, he’s documenting his ride across New England, staying with fans and experiencing the world at ground-level.
Here’s a sample from his blog, “Ben Sollee and Band Touring By Bike”:
In Marshfield (Vermont), we stayed with a family that opened their home to us and taught us how to shuck and eat oysters. Then the creative folks with the Boston Cyclists Union put together a memorable group ride to a show in Jamaica Plain. Riding up the coast towards Portsmouth, NH we were received by a generous family that let us stay in their home and eat their food. All these encounters were because we chose to ride our bikes.
You can’t roll up the windows on your bicycle or ignore the world around you. You make yourself vulnerable to the elements, other people, and your own physical limitations. When outsiders see us making that choice with our business they are at very least curious, but often feel compelled to help. It is this humanitarian action that keeps me on my bicycle. They are the building blocks of community and, more than ever, it is paramount to develop a healthy relationship with one’s community.
Let’s hope for Ben’s sake, and the sake of the Louisville music scene, New England drivers aren’t as inconsiderate of bicyclists as their Louisville counterparts.