This week on The String, innovative Kentucky songwriter Ben Sollee describes his journey as a songwriter who found his muse in the cello, his breakout collaboration with the Sparrow Quartet and his new homage to string band and bluegrass music with the sophisticated new band and album Kentucky Native. He's a musician with a deep social conscience as well, and he describes how his passions and causes such as mountaintop removal are adjusting in the era of Donald Trump. Plus a visit with East Nashville's duo Wild Ponies. Old time country stalwarts Doug and Telisha Williams tapped the talents and ambience of their home place in Galax, VA to make a an album rich in family history and regional talent.
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