Questions for Sam Phillips, Conor Oberst, Ben Sollee
I've got three interviews scheduled for today. First up at 11a.m. is Ben Sollee, one of the best new singer/songwriters I've heard this year. He's a cellist, who plays with The Sparrow Quartet, along with Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn and Casey Driessen. They're headed to Beijing this summer to play some gigs around the Olympic Games. He's also got his first solo album, Learning To Bend, coming out a week from today.
Then, at 1pm, I'll be talking to Sam Phillips. Her new record, Don't Do Anything, is out today, and it's fantastic. It's the first time she's produced herself after a career of collaboration with her ex-husband T Bone Burnett. She hits the road today, playing mostly Borders bookstores on both coasts.
Finally, I'll interview Conor Oberst this evening for a piece in our International Issue, which will come out in August. Mr. Bright Eyes recorded his first "solo" record down in Mexico, so the article will focus on his time there, but if there's anything you'd like me to ask him—or any of these artists, let me know.