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Big news from Bill and the Belles! 

Welcome to September, friends! We've got exciting news: 

photo by Billie Wheeler 

Join us in welcoming Aidan VanSuetendael! 

We are thrilled to introduce this wonderful new addition to the band, and look forward to featuring her three finger and clawhammer banjo playing! Aidan grew up in South Florida where she first cultivated her interest in traditional American music. That interest deepened during her time at Denison University in Ohio, and carried her to Nashville where she currently resides. We are so happy to welcome her to the Bill and the Belles family, and can't wait for you to meet her! Please also join us in wishing Helena Hunt well as she moves on with new pursuits, including the release of her new single, Girls Like Me! You can keep up with Helena's music by checking out her Facebook page

Also in the spirit of season change, here at Bill and the Belles we are very ready for cooler days, fresh projects, and exercising our civic duty at the polls! Are you registered to vote? It only takes 2 minutes: Rock the Vote

Click photo to watch our Quarantine Happy Hour livestream

Of course we hope to be able to see you all in person soon, and we hope you are hunkering down safely so we can get through this crisis sooner. In the meantime you can visit us virtually! You could spend an evening with us on the front porch with our chorus of cicadas and train whistles by watching our Quarantine Happy Hour livestream! We were blown away by the response (9000 views in just a few hours?!) and are grateful to the Quarantine Happy Hour crew for having us! We encourage you to follow them and support all of the artists they feature! You can also... 

Tune in for a new Farm and Fun Time! 

We're kicking off shooting season 2 for PBS with a virtual show that you can watch live on Radio Bristol's Facebook Page, featuring 49 Winchester and the Po' Ramblin' Boys! Farm and Fun Time is now airing in 18 million homes on PBS affiliates throughout the south, and Kris has his sight set on national syndication in the coming year. Look out! Kalia wanted to make cardboard cutouts to fill the theater seats at this show--like they're doing at sports games--but turns out that's trickier than we thought. We'll be imagining your faces and uproarious applause! 

Another virtual show to put on your calendar: 

The Floyd Radio Show Season 10 Extravaganza! 

Saturday September 5th at 7:30pm eastern. We always have a wonderful time as part of the Floyd Radio Show, and are happy to be a part of this special online event! In addition to the signature skits and commercials, they are presenting an impressive lineup of musicians including Sammy Shelor and Jesse Smathers of the Lonesome River Band, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms, Alice Gerrard, and more. This event is being produced in conjunction with a fundraising campaign. It pains us to think about a world without incredible venues and community spaces like the Floyd Country Store, and we hope you'll consider supporting them financially

While you're at it, also think about subscribing to us on YouTubeliking us on Facebook, and following us on Apple Music and Spotify. While we can't put on shows for you in-person, these other ways of engaging matter even more. Plus we have a ton of new music, videos, and other content cooking for you, and you're gonna want to stay up-to-date! 

Thanks for sticking with us. We'll keep sticking with you. 

love, 
Bill and the Belles 

Thanks for the amazing new photos, Billie Wheeler!

Hello from Bill and the Belles! We miss you! 

HI WE MISS YOU! From our homebase in East Tennessee we're sending you an extra dose of strength, compassion, and patience, three things the world is demanding of us in large quantities right now. We're also sending you news! Like other artists and industry workers, we've been forced to confront the big unknowns that the future holds for live music. Not gonna lie, it's sad and frustrating and scary. But we're taking it a step at a time, and feeling grateful for those of you that are supporting the arts as you're able and grateful for our fellow artists demonstrating immense creativity and commitment amidst trying times. Thank you! We love you! Here are some things you can do to support us this week: 

1. Subscribe to Bill and the Belles on YouTube (it makes a difference! And you’ll see all the new vids like this one: SHINY NEW VIDEO

2. Tune in to our Quarantine Happy Hour on Facebook, Friday 8/28 at 8:30pm eastern! You’ll be the first to meet a certain special someone…!! Pester us in the comments. We miss that too. 

3. Tell your friends about Saturday’s show at the Blue Ridge Music Center! A real live show in a big outdoor amphitheater. It seats up to 5000 and they’re capping tickets at 400. Wear a mask, keep your distance, help us do this right. More info here: http://www.blueridgemusiccenter.org/20-8-29.htm Check out this poster that Taylor Rushing made to commemorate the occasion! 

4. Tune in for our Sunday online set at the Hideout's “A Day in the Country” festival featuring a bunch of cool artists, including Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms and some band called Bill and the Belles. Learn more here: hideoutchicago.com 

5. Congratulate Kris on his IBMA nomination for “Industry Involvement of the Year!” He’s involved, alright! Well deserved. 

Hope to see you soon! 
Love,

Bill and the Belles

News from Bill and the Belles 


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: https://www.ameripolitan.com/ 

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! 

OH CANADA! 

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

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

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

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

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

NEW T-SHIRTS! 

Hot off the presses! Snag one at billandthebelles.com/shop (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: https://centrum.org/voice-works-a-workshop-for-singers/ 

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: nicohumby.com). 

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” 

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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."

PERSONNEL: 

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 www.BillandtheBelles.com 

Media Contact:  
Kalia Yeagle  
907.230.4231  
billandthebelles@gmail.com 

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New Single + Video! 

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

Media Contact:   
Kalia Yeagle   
907.230.4231   
billandthebelles@gmail.com 

Visit The Bluegrass Situation's premiere here: TheBluegrassSituation.com/read/watch-bill-and-the-belles-thatll-be-just-fine/

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).  

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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.   

PERSONNEL: 
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 www.BillandtheBelles.com 

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News + Wintergrass Recap 

WHAT’S NEW 

  • We’re releasing a new single and video this Wednesday, “That’ll Be Just Fine.” Keep an eye on our Facebook page (facebook.com/billandthebelles) 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! 


WINTERGRASS RECAP 

  • 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 nicohumby.com). Next time we vow to make time for seeking seafood! 


WE’LL BE BACK IN THE PNW 

  • 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: https://centrum.org/programs/voice-works/  

KEEP IN TOUCH 

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