Brooklyn Roads Reviews: 'Goodbye to the River' Live at Barbes, Brooklyn 2019.


Listen to MP3 Files when album was originally going to be called 'Tugboat Heart'



'Americana Britannia' Interview in The Brooklyn Paper section of The New York Post.

 Jan Bell and The Maybelles have opened the show for Emmylou Harris, Odetta, Wanda Jackson, Steve Earle, & The Be Good Tanyas.



'Dream of The Miner's Child' special guests: Jolie Holland, The Carper Family, Samantha Parton, Will Scott, Casey Neill, Truckstop Honeymoon, and Alice Gerrard.



Enchantingly fusing Anglo-Americana sounds Jan Bell has a wonderful knack of breathing new life into time worn folk tales and rare used human stories  4 STARS - Maverick Magazine, UK



It could be 1925 and the Appalachians! A cool clear harmony and narrative driven by the simple guitar cycle and the ghostly violin. Taut vocals and beautiful instrumentation.  Americana UK.



Making waves in the home of country, from a Yorkshire coal mining background whose roots still show...A latter day Loretta Lynn. The Times, London UK.



Beautiful blend of old timey folk and  alt. country 4 1/2 STARS American Roots UK


THUMBS UP! Fetching British American album. fRoots.


A strong argument in favour of keeping the album format alive 4 STARS R2 Rock n Reel, UK


It’s not a stretch to imagine future generations of Americana musicians referencing the Jan Bell versions of many of these songs: this album secures her place among the finest and most individualistic musicians in that world. New York Music Daily


The 12th Independent Music Awards nominates 'Dream of the Miner's Child' for BEST CONCEPT ALBUM. 


Featured in The Village Voice; Nashville Scene; GO NYC; Americana UK; NOW Toronto 3rd Coast Music; New Orleans City Life; NY Post.




Bill Monroe's 'With Body and Soul' Live at Joe's Pub, NYC 



In addition to Rima Fand (violin and piano), and Tina Lama (upright bass) NYC shows often include special guests from the thriving Brooklyn country music community. Philippa Thompson steps in regularly on mandolin, fiddle, washboard, and the Saw; Megan Palmer, now in Nashville plays violin or piano; and for ten years May 'bro' Tim Luntzel played upright bass. Past members of The Maybelles - Hilary Hawke (banjo), Katy Rose Cox (violin), and founding member Melissa Carper (upright bass) step in when not on tour, or back in Brooklyn.


Jan spent the late 90's traveling the back roads of North America thanks to the young troubadour Jason Eklund. He introduced her to the American Folk community and the music of Woody Guthrie, back before Okemah, Oklahoma honored him with his home town name sake festival. New Orleans, the Ozarks, Oregon, New Mexico and Colorado were all home away from house-less. Gas was a dollar a gallon, and they put miles in six figures on his '78 Mercury Grand Marquis.

In 2000 Jan decided to settle down in a neighborhood by The Brooklyn Bridge called Dumbo (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). There she put together her first country band playing on the back of a '64 Ford Pick up truck outside an iron workers bar that stood there for a century.

Six albums and five UK tours later, Jan continues to play as band leader of  The Maybelles. Often accompanied by violin, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, or lap steel. Year round she hosts Americana, Folk and Country Blues artists from both sides of the Atlantic, and has built a vital grass roots music scene on the ever gentrifying Brooklyn waterfront.


'Much as a lot of New York clubs exploit musicians, there are other venues that actually support and nurture scenes: Barbes, with its global talent base; the Jalopy’s oldtime Americana roots crew; punk rock at ABC No Rio; jazz at Smalls. Count 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo on this short but crucial list. If Jan Bell (a poignant and potent Americana singer and tunesmith herself) has booked a band for one of the bar’s Wednesday and Saturday night shows, that’s a guarantee that the music will be good'. - New York Music Daily


Highlights over the last ten years:

Playing the Brooklyn Country Music Festival, opening for Ramblin' Jack Elliot.

The Carters, the Cashes & the Course of Country Music


Jan Bell and The Maybelles opened the night at IFC Center, New York City. THE WINDING STREAM is a story about the family at the heart of American roots music. Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film features interviews with a veritable who’s who of American music.


Emcee and co-producer of A Musical Extravaganza to Restore Red Hook at The Bell House, Brooklyn. Starring Rosanne Cash.


First time in mainland Europe! A packed house in Berlin; and a Live broadcast overlooking the city on Amsterdam FM.


Following a UK string of dates opening for Will Scott - Americana UK 9 out of 10 review, lists his cover of Jan Bell's 'Right to Love' as a stand out track.


Click here to see/hear Live Session Interview for Breakthru Radio at Shelter Island Studios, Manhattan, NYC. Hosted by DJ Maia. *


UK Tour with Will Scott, including Glastonbury Festival!


Joe's Pub, NYC - packed house with The Sweetback Sisters


Make Music New York with Baby Gramps.


Singing at Weddings! New Orleans in the Marigny & a 9th Century Church in Sussex, England


Duets with Jolie Holland - Dumbo Arts Festival, City Winery, NYC. World Cafe, Philadelphia.


Brooklyn Arts Council September 11th memorial Sing at Powerhouse, DUMBO.


Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, 'The Real Deal' Songwriters In the Round on the Masters Stage with Claire Lynch, and The Gibson Brothers.

Americana UK Feature Interview.

Opening for Steve Earle in NYC

Tribute album to EC Ball, singing alongside Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas) and Jolie Holland.

Opening for FERRON in NYC, and ODETTA in the Ozarks.  


Top 3 Albums Country Music Radio UK Hosted by Gail Comfort.


Independent Music Awards 8th Annual Best Alt. Country Album.


Brooklyn Country Music Hall of Famefor 'Unending support of Country Music'


International Bluegrass Music Awards, IBMA Nashville - Official Artist


Village Voice TOP 10 Folk Albums


1st place WINNER New Orleans City Life Singer/Songwriter


WINNER New Jersey Folk Festival Singer Songwriter


Top 3 Albums of the year CMR Nashville, UK 


Mayor Bloomberg Award for Women in Business, NYC
Superfine cites Jan Bell and Little Red Hen Music in receipt of the Award.


MacDowell Colony100 year celebration in Central Park


Audience Award Title Track in Malibu Film Festival 'Between the Bridges'


Emerging Leadership Institute at APAP - Arts Presenters and Performers, NYC Annual Convention 2011

WINNER! Independent Music Awards for Alt. Country Album of the year 2008

Made in Brooklyn and produced by Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), the album was chosen over thousands of entries world-wide winning The People's Choice Award.



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