A move we’ve talked about on and off for years is finally coming to pass. On June 17, Music City Roots will release our first ever live album from our stage, featuring the delightful and skillful January 27, 2016 performance by fast-rising East Tennessee band Bill & The Belles. The 7-song EP features American standards and a feeling that harkens back to the Big Bang of country music and the original Carter Family. The digital only album will be released to all major music platforms, including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
My review of the set at the time included the following:
The parlor formality of Johnson City band Bill & The Belles helped set the throwback, timewarp tone of their set, but not half as much as the crooning tenor of their voices and the gentle, immaculate swing of their old acoustic instruments. It was a 78 RPM shellac record come to life. What a wonderful and authentically American sound they made, kicking off with “I Told Them All About You,” which I knew from a Doc Watson/David Grisman recording. This take, with a glimmering trio of voices – Mr. Kris Truelson, Ms. Kalia Yeagle and Ms. Grace Vant Hof – was light and effervescent. The ladies conspired on the duet “The Lonesome Blues,” which came off as wry and funny and heart stirring. Then Yeagle led the way on her fiddle for the dance number “Magnolia One Step,” played with immaculate old-time timing.
Bill & The Bells brings together three experienced and dedicated practitioners of old-time Tennessee country music. From their bio: They continue to play alongside America’s top country and roots music artists as the resident band for the historic radio program Farm and Fun Time presented by Radio Bristol and the Birthplace of Country Music. In just a short time, Bill and the Belles have brought their show to the audiences of television and radio broadcasts, and several major festivals around the country.
The band next plays Music City Roots at a free special show at the Monteagle Assembly near Sewanee, TN on June 24 and then Bluegrass Underground on June 26. Please help us spread the word about this cool recording and watch for upcoming releases from Music City Roots.
Here is a youtube link to the video from the performance at the show: https://youtu.be/Ikn6nn1XJxQ