Appalachian Voices: Yim Yames, Ben Sollee, & Daniel Martin Moore @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 7/30/2010

The alt-country-rock-folk sound of Appalachia resounded in Brooklyn Friday night as Kentucky’s own Yim Yames (singer of My Morning Jacket and Monsters of Folk fame) joined singer/cellist Ben Sollee and crooner Daniel Martin Moore for a spectacular show to raise awareness and funds for the regions problem with mountaintop removal coal mining.

For over two hours the trio, who were decked out in suits complete with boutonnieres, played a variety of soulful, melodic tunes ranging from tracks off their Dear Companion album to old school Americana covers as well as some of their solo material to a sold out crowd.  The music was wonderful but what really left an impression was the amazing marriage of the three “smooth as butter” voices which were transcendent individually and combined for a uniquely memorable sound.  Some of the standout moments included a great version of “Only A Song” which was as witty as it was moving, Yames acoustic rendition of My Morning Jacket favorite “Smokin From Shootin,” and Moore’s song about the repercussions of mountaintop mining “Flyrock Blues.”  Each of the three performers showed off their chops individually as well as their musicianship with Yim Yames breaking out his Omnichord for a few songs and Sollee blowing the audience away with some innovative cello work.

The show was part of a short tour leading up to Newport’s Folk Festival and included an equally dazzling opening act, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which brought a big piece of hometown New Orleans spirit with them and were joined by the headliners for a few tunes.

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About Tim Needles

Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Long Island, NY. His writing and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions and publications around New York as well as the Photographer’s Forum, French Photo, the New York Times, and LI Pulse magazine. He is also an educator and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown, NY and as an Education Leader for Adobe. He was recently the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and serves as the director of Strictly Students, a non-for-profit group for media and education. His work can be seen on his website: www.timneedles.com
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