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Bill and the Belles
ft. Morelock and Bronson

Friday, January 14th
All Ages | 8pm 
$15 ADVANCED
$18 Day of Show

BILL AND THE BELLES

Happy Again isn’t exactly happy. But the delightfully deadpan new album from roots mainstays Bill and the Belles is full of life, humor, and tongue-in-cheek explorations of love and loss. Happy Again marks a new chapter for the group by featuring all original music penned by founding member Kris Truelsen. Over eleven tracks the group shows their knack for saying sad things with a bit of a smirk, and tucked amongst the grief and jubilation are some jingle-worthy oddballs for which the band is well known. The raw songcraft along with the deft production touch of Teddy Thompson gives Happy Again an emotional punch that deepens with each listen. Bill and the Belles is Truelsen on guitar, fiddler Kalia Yeagle, bassist Andrew Small, and banjo/banjo-uke player Aidan VanSuetendael. They revel in the in-between: deeply engaged with the stringband tradition and eager to stretch those influences to contemporary settings. Happy Again is the latest chapter of that ongoing story: what happens when a stringband from East Tennessee lays down a session at Motown. It’s a welcome evolution that feels familiar and timeless.

“What may be the most innovative modern interpretation of vintage roots music.” –No Depression
“Bill and the Belles is committed to helping early country music remain appreciated – not just replicated.” –Rolling Stone
“They’re a joy to watch live, and we bet you can’t make it through their set without smiling.” –The Bluegrass Situation
Bill and the Belles blend a traditional stringband sound with ’60 pop“ –Wide Open Country
“It’s Americana as dark comedy.” –Tinnitist

 

Morelock and Bronson​: We’ll start the show with a wild duo performance from Morelock and Bronson - the public debut of a new project featuring Knoxville natives Francis Bronson and Matt Morelock.  Both lead their own bands and have been stalwarts in the East Tennessee music community for years.  They have joined forces for this show to present some of their most challenging and exploratory material.  Banjos, fiddles, Hawaiian steel guitar, and more!"

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