Bill & the Belles
Sponsored by the Susquehanna Folk Music Society. Watch a video here: https://youtu.be/Ikn6nn1XJxQ
With a spirited sound that falls somewhere between old-time country and vaudeville, this Tennessee trio puts a modern and innovative spin on vintage roots music. "Charming. Deeply charming," sighs the Hudson Valley Bluegrass Association.
Rolling Stone says: "Bill and the Belles is committed to helping early country music remain appreciated — not just replicated." And indeed, their original material has the freewheeling, lighthearted flavor of the pre-Bluegrass era. Kris Truelsen’s distinctive tenor and the band's trio harmonies gleam against a backdrop of banjo, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, and clarinet.
Bill and the Belles are the house band of a live radio show, aired from the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Tennessee. Besides sharing the stage with the nation’s top roots artists (Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, Del McCoury and Earls of Leicester), the band writes and performs the snappy, comical jingles for the show’s monthly sponsors.
“Singing and playing music in front of audiences is great but when you add in the platform of live radio it’s even better,” Truelsen believes. “Especially when the audience is a community of folks who come day in and day out to support you. What a feeling, and boy, the stakes seem higher with live radio — like it’s bigger than just us playing music. It keeps us on our toes and makes us want to deliver not only good music but a good show.”