Greetings friends! Bill and the Belles has had one heck of a month…
- We made the cover of a magazine! Voice magazine featured us as part of their Rhythm and Roots Artist spotlight series. We’re honored to be featured. Check it out for yourself here:
- Our home-festival Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion was especially exciting this year because we had some extra-special shows take place. Friday night we played with members of the Johnson City Symphony, performing custom arrangements of our favorite songs in true pop music fashion--early twentieth century pop, that is. That was an unforgettable night, but if you missed it, fear not! We filmed a video earlier in the day to capture a bit of the magic. Stay tuned for that!
- We kicked-off Bristol Rhythm and Roots with a Farm and Fun Time show, featuring Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Woody Pines, and the Appalachian hippie poet Bill Alexander. Kris wrote perhaps his best jingle yet--an ode to chess pie!
- Radio Bristol also took Farm and Fun Time on the road for the first time this month! We hosted a show at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass, featuring Balsam Range, the Hackensaw Boys, and heirloom recipe guest Frank Solivan II. The show was so well received, and host Kris Truelsen (the Bill to our Belles) did a superb job (it was also his birthday!). We look forward to taking Farm and Fun Time on the road again in the future, and don’t forget you can tune in every month to listen live (listenradiobristol.com):
- We were honored to be selected as an official Americana Music Association showcase artist this year, and our time at AmericanaFest in Nashville was wonderful. Rolling Stone must have thought so too, because they featured us on their "20 Best Things We Saw" list along with new band-buddies High Plains Jamboree and some lesser-known acts like John Prine and Wanda Jackson. Holy smokes! Thanks so much for the feature, Rolling Stone!
- The Bluegrass Situation and The News & Observer also gave us nice mentions as we headed toward Raleigh for IBMA. They both picked us as one of the best acts to catch that week! IBMA was a whirlwind of new connections, re-connections, and a barrage of talented and motivated people. Big thanks to the hosts of our showcases, including the California Bluegrass Association, Boston Bluegrass Union and Mile Twelve, Heart Roots Music, and the IBMA.
- We’ve got t-shirts for sale! Get your very own from our online store or in person at one of our shows! Here’s our adorable and reluctant model Lefty Frizzell the Dog showing one off.
It's feeling like fall in East Tennessee, and we’ve got some fun regional shows coming up. Hope to see you there!
Oct. 8 - Tennessee Fall Homecoming - Norris, TN
Oct. 9 - Music in the Park - Tree Streets, Johnson City, TN
Oct. 14 - Home Craft Days - Big Stone Gap, VA
Nov. 5 - Floyd Radio Show - Floyd, VA