As the end of 2017 approaches, we wanted to take this opportunity to reflect on some of what this year had to offer, and to thank you for all you’ve done to support our efforts! 2017 was a wild ride for Bill and the Belles and here are some of the highlights:
“[Bill and the Belles] is committed to helping early country music remain appreciated – not just replicated.”
— Rolling Stone
What began as a project to explore the space created between hillbilly and urban, between vaudeville and down home, has arrived somewhere entirely new. Bill and the Belles offers a contemporary reimagining of a bygone era, breathing new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old-time music, Bill and the Belles continue to further the music traditions of their region. From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a Bill and the Belles show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented.
Bill and the Belles play alongside America’s top roots music artists as the house band for the historic radio program Farm and Fun Time presented by Radio Bristol and the Birthplace of Country Music. Lifelong musicians Kris Truelsen, Grace Van’t Hof, Kalia Yeagle, and Karl Zerfas bring to the stage an uplifting show unlike any other, full of humor, high spirits, and all-around revelry. It’s clear this group shares a rare musical connection and deep love for the music, and their excitement is contagious.
“A 78 RPM shellac record come to life. What a wonderful and authentically American sound. ”
— Music City Roots