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Folk Alliance International! We’re official. 

Honored to be joining an impressive list of artists at 2020's Folk Alliance International! See you in January, New Orleans! Keep an eye on our tour schedule for showcase info. 

We’ve been nominated for an Ameripolitan Award! 

You’re looking at a nominee for Western Swing Group of the Year! We appreciate how the Ameripolitan Awards celebrate “artists whose work does not readily conform to the tastes of today’s ‘country’ or other music genres and organizations.” Cheers to that! Looking forward to showcasing and attending the Ameripolitan Awards Show in Memphis this February! Learn more here: 

Photo by Matt Whitlock 

Find us in November in Abingdon, Boone, Charlottesville... 

NOV 1 Mistletoe Mingle (Abingdon, VA) 

NOV 9 Jones House (Boone, NC) 

NOV 14 Farm and Fun Time (Bristol, TN/VA) 

NOV 21 Private Event (Bristol, TN/VA) 

NOV 22 The Front Porch (Charlottesville, VA) 


Stay tuned for more exciting 2020 news, and an official announcement of our 2019 Jingle Bell Jamboree Tour! Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to stay up-to-date. We can't wait to see you soon! 

UK recap, Rhythm and Roots, IBMA 

We are back home and hitting the ground running after a successful first trip to the UK! Highlights include a week of warm sunny days (unheard of, so we're told), a pre-show dip in a swimming hole in the Lake District (possibly the prettiest place any of us have been), and many a full English breakfast (and haggis! Helena loved it). We had a particularly good time at the Bluegrass Omagh Music Festival, the Sweet Sunny South festival, and the Long Road festival. Big thanks to our booker True North Music, all the promoters, venues, and homestay hosts, and the brave audiences who shared their time with us. You made it worth it, and we can’t wait to come back! 

Next up, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, right in our backyard! It’s a big festival with something for everybody, including 3 opportunities to catch Bill and the Belles! 

And then, on to the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC! Buckle up, friends. We’ll be around all week, but be sure to put one of our showcases on your list: 

Fall is always a busy time for us, and a good time to reflect on what this year has had to offer so far. Thanks for showing up for us, and for continuing to support live music! Excited to see you soon. 

-Bill and the Belles

UK Tour Dates! 

Bon Voyage! 

Today we’re on our way to the UK! It’s the band’s first tour over here, so if you’ve got any pals in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, you know where to send them! 

AUG 22 Camden, The Blues Kitchen 
AUG 23 Leek - Americana & Blues Preview 
AUG 24 Sticklebarn Sessions, Great Langdale 
AUG 25 Moniaive, Craigdarroch Arms 
AUG 26 Barnoldswick Music & Arts Center, Lancashire 
AUG 27 The Gallery at Woodend, Scarborough 
AUG 28 Bangor, Blue Sky Cafe 
AUG 30-SEP 1 Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh 
SEP 3 The Greystones, Sheffield 
SEP 4 Bristol, Hen and Chicken 
SEP 5 Boxmoor, Fishery Wharf Cafe 
*SOLD OUT* SEP 6 West Sussex, Sweet Sunny South Festival 
SEP 7-8 Lutterworth, The Long Road Festival

Found ourselves in a Roger Miller mood the other day (when AREN’T we’re in a Roger Miller mood?) so we worked up one of his songs on a drive through Virginia. Click the image below to watch, and here's to walking in the sunshine! We'll see you back stateside in September for Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion where we're playing FRIDAY and SATURDAY. Cheerio!

UK, Canada, New Shirts! 


We're headed to the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival in Stony Plain, Alberta! Catch us at one of these: 

11:30am Fiddle Workshop w/Kalia @Pioneer Museum 
5:30pm Outdoor Stage 

12:00pm Blueberry Patio, hosted jam 
3:30pm Fillmore Stage 

Noon CKUA bluegrass hour show 
(broadcast live from the Fillmore Stage w/Tim O'Brien and Front Country 
2:45pm Outdoor Stage 

This will be the band's first UK visit, and it's shaped up to be a great one! Tell your UK buds! 


Hot off the presses! Snag one at (Blueberry Bluegrass, you get first dibs!)

Have you listened to our latest singles? 
Check 'em on Spotify or Apple Music or Amazon or... you know. 
Watch our vids HERE! 

Thanks for supporting live music! Don't stop! 

Much love, 
Bill and the Belles

Northwest + Northeast 

Voice Works – A Workshop for Singers 
(June 24-29, Port Townsend, WA) 

We had such a great time at Wintergrass in Seattle that we just couldn’t stay away from the Northwest for long. VERY HAPPY to be joining the amazing faculty (hello Eva Salina, Peter Rowan, Jefferson Hamer, Ernie Vega…) for Voice Works in Port Townsend, WA! Artistic Director Pharis Romero has got a really good thing going. “Singing is a natural human effort to communicate. Singing opens doors to other cultures and languages, and it makes you feel good.” Hear hear! 

We’ll be leading workshops all week on such irresistible subjects as Neo Old-time Country Repertoire, Finding Harmony, Early Country Female Duets, Repertoire from the Singing Brakeman (Jimmie Rodgers), and Rough and Rowdy Stringband Songs. Come sing with us! Learn more here: 

Northeast Summer Jaunt! (NY, VT, MA, CT, ME) 

We’ve missed you, northeasterners! Hope to see you at one of these shows! Our dear bass player, Andrew, will be getting hitched that week, so we get to play this run with our pal Nico Humby on bass! We’re preparing ourselves for good times (and good pictures! Nico’s an amazing photographer and graphic designer: 

July 1 - Pine Plains Platter, Pine Plains NY 
July 2 - Radio Bean Honky Tonk Night, Burlington VT 
July 3 - Club Passim, Boston MA w/ Hoot and Holler 
July 4 - Naumkeag at Night, Stockbridge MA w/ Hoot and Holler 
July 5 - Flagpole Barn Concert, Newtown CT 
July 6 - Stone Mountain Arts Center, Brownsfield ME 

Have you heard our latest singles? Give 'em a stream on Apple Music or Spotify!

Thanks for supporting live music! Hope to see you soon. 

-Bill and the Belles

The Boot Premiers New Single, “Never Get Along With You” 



JOHNSON CITY, TN. -- April 17, 2019 -- Bill and the Belles is back with another single and music video from their analog session at Bigtone Records! It premieres today exclusively on The Boot: CLICK TO READ!

A supremely direct and lonesome tune, "Never Get Along With You" was, in the words of guitarist Kris Truelsen, intended to get straight to the point. "It's a bitter country ballad that searches for answers following heartbreak," he says.  

"It felt good to write," Truelsen adds, "and was certainly transformative to sing."


Musicians: Kris Truelsen (guitar), Helena Hunt (banjo), Kalia Yeagle (fiddle), Andrew Small (bass), Jon Atkinson (drums), Andrew J Fletcher (piano) Personnel: 

Engineers: Jon Atkinson, Danny Michel 

Filmed by: Josh Littleton 

For more information on Bill and the Belles, visit 

Media Contact:  
Kalia Yeagle  


New Single + Video! 


Bill and the Belles Releases “That’ll Be Just Fine” 
Latest single marks new chapter for the band, bigger sound 

Media Contact:   
Kalia Yeagle   

Visit The Bluegrass Situation's premiere here:

JOHNSON CITY, TN. -- March 6, 2019 -- In many ways, this latest single marks a new chapter for Johnson City, TN-based stringband, Bill and the Belles: A bigger, moodier, more decade-ambiguous American sound. The instrumental backdrop has grown; stride piano, and a laid-back groove set by drums and bass lay the foundation for the core mix of banjo, fiddle, and guitar. The trio's signature vocals shine, with a nod toward early R&B and girl group pop vocal arrangements--think early Sam Phillips-era Sun Records meets the Shangri-Las. Penned by Kris Truelsen, the song talks of someone weary of life and looking to move on, resolved to take whatever changes may come. 

Fans have come to expect direct, refreshing songs and music videos from Johnson City-based stringband, Bill and the Belles. And their latest single, “That’ll Be Just Fine,” definitely delivers. It was recorded analog, straight-to-tape, with Bristol, VA’s Big Tone Records, a studio that specializes in recording in true 40s and 50s fashion. The warmth and depth of tape really suit Bill and the Belles, who have always preferred to record live in one room and are no strangers to alternative vintage recording methods. In the glow of fluorescent lights in an unmarked building in Southwest Virginia, the Big Tone Records studio accomplishes something remarkable: it captures the atmosphere of a 50s R&B recording session, with legitimacy. Each microphone, each piece of furniture, even the clock on the wall carries a story, and with “That’ll Be Just Fine,” Bill and the Belles carry the narrative forward. The Bluegrass Situation premiered the video, and the track is currently streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. Video can be viewed on Facebook (CLICK ME) and YouTube (CLICK ME).  


Bill and the Belles’ 2018 debut album, “DreamSongs, Etc.” was a critical hit praised by No Depression as, “what may be the most innovative modern interpretation of vintage roots music,” and named to the UK’s Country Music People’s Top 10 Albums of 2018. The band began as a project to explore the space created between hillbilly and urban, between vaudeville and down home, but has arrived somewhere new. Bill and the Belles bring to the stage an uplifting show unlike any other, full of humor, high spirits, and all-around revelry. Nominated for 2017 and 2018 IBMA awards, Bill and the Belles play alongside America’s top country and roots music artists (including Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Hot Rize, the Cactus Blossoms, the Earls of Leicester, and more) as the house band for the historic radio program Farm and Fun Time presented by Radio Bristol. It’s clear this group shares a rare musical connection and deep love for the music, and their excitement is contagious.   

Musicians: Kris Truelsen (guitar), Helena Hunt (banjo), Kalia Yeagle (fiddle), Andrew Small (bass), Jon Atkinson (drums), Andrew J Fletcher (piano) 
Engineers: Jon Atkinson and Danny Michel 
Filmed by: Josh Littleton 

For more information on Bill and the Belles, visit 


News + Wintergrass Recap 


  • We’re releasing a new single and video this Wednesday, “That’ll Be Just Fine.” Keep an eye on our Facebook page ( for the accompanying video, and make sure you’re following us on Spotify, Apple Music, etc. We’ve been in the studio recording a number of singles, and we look forward to releasing them in upcoming months! 


  • As of this weekend, we played further west than ever before! What a treat to nestle in Seattle, WA for a weekend with the good folks at Wintergrass Music Festival!  
  • Of all our sets, our favorite was probably Saturday night’s dance set. Nothing beats the energy feedback you get from people moving to your music, and we took the opportunity to unveil a lot of new material. That morning we also had a great conversation about our approach to “stringband” music, and how genre words are funny and sometimes limiting (early country, old time, stringband, roots, Americana, folk, popular, rural, urban...). It was great to have a roomful of people take a dive into our nutty heads to see how we make our musical decisions. Thanks for your courage! 
  • It was fun to see so many buds, including Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys, Fireside Collective, and we even managed to squeeze in a photo shoot with the one-and-only Nico Humby (check his work out at Next time we vow to make time for seeking seafood! 


  • We’re thrilled to announce we’ll be back in the Pacific Northwest this June for an amazing week teaching at Voice Works at Centrum in Port Townsend, WA, joining fellow artists including Peter Rowan, Eva Salina, and Jefferson Hamer. Learn more about their wonderful programming here:  


Hope to see you soon! Keep supporting live music. 
-Bill and the Belles

New Music Video! “Smile, It’s Christmas” 

Bill and the Belles announce new music video, “Smile, It’s Christmas” 

Don’t get it wrong, Bill and the Belles love the holidays. They live for gatherings of family and friends, snow days, sparkles and cheer, as evidenced by their 4th year hosting the Johnson City Jingle Bell Jamboree (a holiday roots music review) and their annual holiday music videos that come out each December. But this year’s video is different: “Smile, It’s Christmas” reminds us that the holidays ain’t just eggnog and mistletoe. Sometimes the world loudly expects joy and cheer when you just don’t have any to give. Written by Kris Truelsen, “Smile, It’s Christmas” delivers downbeat material in an upbeat way, with the ironic wit of Roger Miller and a vocal arrangement nodding toward Phil Spector-level lushness. Fans of Bill and the Belles know the band’s knack for making simple, refreshing music videos, and “Smile, It’s Christmas” definitely delivers: against a peppermint backdrop, the trio toys with contrasts, giving viewers a little bitter with their sweet. 

“Smile, It’s Christmas” also marks the debut of banjo player and singer Helena Hunt in Bill and the Belles. From Waynesville, North Carolina, Hunt grew up steeped in traditional music and went through the region’s Junior Appalachian Musicians program. Currently attending East Tennessee State University studying Biology and Old Time music, Helena is a wonderful vocalist, a force on the banjo and banjo ukulele, and a total delight to watch and hear.  

Watch Bill and the Belles’ “Smile, It’s Christmas” below: 

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BONUS! Merry Christmas, Bill and the Belles! 

“DreamSongs, Etc.” was named to Country Music People’s Top Ten Albums of the Year! What a treat! “So many fantastic albums I could have put in this list, I decided this was worthy of a place, though. Just so different to everything else here, refreshing to hear and Wedding Bell Chimes was probably the video of the year!” Big thanks to Radio host Dave Watkins for the love, and for everyone who’s bought and listened to our album this year! 

Fall Updates from Bill and the Belles 

It has been a big few months of release shows celebrating our latest album on Jalopy Records, “DreamSongs, Etc.” We’re grateful to have shared it with so many of you! If you don’t have a copy yet, visit our webstore. We’ve also got a sampling of other fun goods that make for excellent holiday gift-giving! Your support makes all the difference! 

Here’s what the press has had to say about “DreamSongs, Etc.” 

  • No Depression: “Bill and the Belles showcase with their debut album, DreamSongs, Etc., what may be the most innovative modern interpretation of vintage roots music.” “...a fresh, pop spin that emphasizes the simplicity and beauty of the music.” 
  • Now It’s Nashville: “Equal parts traditional folk, vaudevillian and meta-modern aughts entertainment, Bill and Belles put on a show that is sure to stand the test of time, much like the acts that preceded them, and perhaps the ones to follow.” 
  • Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association: “Charming. Deeply charming. That is the essence of this full-length debut by Bill and the Belles, Dream Songs, Etc.”  

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UP NEXT: Bill and the Belles is headed to Deutschland! In just a few days we’re flying to Germany for a month! We’ll be playing a marathon of 23 shows with The Brother Brothers and Jeff Scroggins & Colorado as part of the European Bluegrass Jamboree. If you’ve got any Deutsch buds send them our way! See for details. 

This trip marks a new chapter for Bill and the Belles as our first European tour, and also as Grace’s last tour with the band. We thank her for her years of hard work and great performances, not to mention her amazing contributions as a graphic designer. You can keep up with her over at her page: We know you’ve been touched by her music and humor, and we hope you’ll join us in wishing her continued success! 

Thank you, as always, for supporting live music! We hope to see you soon! Wish us "Gute Fahrt!"

-Bill und die Belles