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Spring 2013 - The 12th Annual Independent Music Awards announces - 'Dream of the Miner's Child' as a nominee for BEST CONCEPT ALBUM. Judges include Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Ziggy Marley, Suzanne Vega, Meshell Ndegeocello, Del McCoury, Judy Collins, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and a People's Choice Award where you can VOTE HERE
Jan Bell lives in NYC and has engaged audiences from The Woody Guthrie Archives to the American Folk Art Museum, to The Waldorf Astoria; playing both sides of The Atlantic from Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival to Glastonbury - solo and with her band THE MAYBELLES.
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
Bill Monroe's 'With Body and Soul' Live at Joe's Pub, NYC
A beautiful blend of old timey folk and alt. country 4 1/2 STARS American Roots UK
THUMBS UP! Fetching British American album. fRoots.
Making waves in the home of country, from a Yorkshire coal mining background whose roots still show...A latter day Loretta Lynn. The Sunday Times, London UK.
Beautiful, haunting, evocative...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
A strong argument in favour of keeping the album format alive 4 STARS R2 Rock n Reel, UK
Opening for Emmylou Harris, Wanda Jackson, Odetta, Steve Earle, Ferron and The Be Good Tanyas.
NEW ALBUM: Dream of The Miner's Child! Many special guests including Jolie Holland, The Carper Family, Samantha Parton, Will Scott, Casey Neill, Truckstop Honeymoon, and the legendary Alice Gerrard. Nominee for Best Concept Album, Independent Music Awards 2013.
Independent Music Awards 8th Annual Best Alt. Country Album.
Brooklyn Country Music Hall of Fame (Inductee) Award
International Bluegrass Music Awards, IBMA Nashville - Official Artist with the Maybelles
Village Voice TOP 10 Folk Albums
1st place WINNER New Orleans City Life Singer/Songwriter
WINNER New Jersey Folk Festival Singer Songwriter
Brooklyn Arts Council September 11th 'Memorial Sing',
NYC 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.
'The Real Deal' Songwriter's Masters Stage at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, NY with Claire Lynch, and The Gibson Brothers
MacDowell Colony 100 year celebration in Central Park, NYC
Audience Award Title Track in Malibu Film Festival 'Between the Bridges'
Emerging Leadership Institute at APAP (Arts Presenters and Performers, NYC Annual Convention 2011)
Jan spent several years traveling the back roads of North America and was introduced to the American Folk communtiy by Jason Eklund. New Orleans, the Ozarks, Oregon, New Mexico and Colorado were all Home to them. In 2000 Jan settled in a neighborhood by The Brooklyn Bridge known as Dumbo (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), and put together her first country band. Since then she has made six albums, solo and as band leader of The Maybelles. Accompaniment tends to comprise violin, banjo, upright bass, percussion, piano, harmonica, lap steel. Here's a show at Barbes with band mates Tim Luntzel and Rima Fand.
Solo 'Carried by the wind' at The Barge, Kent, England
Highlights of 2012
(more coming soon)
First time in mainland Europe! A packed house at White Trash in Berlin; and a Live broadcast overlooking the city on AmsterdamFM.
Little Red Hen Music was founded by Jan as a member organization of the Folk Alliance in '99. This year LRH branches out into Publicity and Tour Support.
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.
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 in 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.
HIGHLIGHTS of 2009:
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!
Tribute album to EC Ball, singing alongside Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas) and Jolie Holland.
Signs with Charisma Artist Agency.
Opening for FERRON in NYC, and ODETTA in the Ozarks.
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.
Dumbo Rooftop photo (top right) by Derek Richmond.
Photo below by Dina Regine, Brooklyn 2011.