A Laidback Ben Sollee on the 'Beautiful Crowd' at Bonnaroo

If songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee feels at all overwhelmed by the madness that is Bonnaroo, he's not betraying it in this exclusive interview with Rolling Stone. He acknowledges that he encouraged his band to use "bigger gestures" to better reach the festival's massive audience, an effort documented here in the live footage. But what he saw from the stage was simply a "beautiful crowd" that even fell into moments of hushed quiet. He also discusses tour plans, working with fellow Kentuckian Jim James, of My Morning Jacket, and the issue of mountaintop removal by coal companies.

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