The Maybelles

'Goodbye to the River' Spring 2019

Photography by Jelle Wagenaar

photo by Jelle Wagenaar

THE MAYBELLES - Harmony Driven Anglo-Americana.

Tina Lama - upright bass, Rima Fand - violin, Jan Bell - guitar

"Up tempo, soulful country' Time Out NY & Village Voice Choices.

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Festival stages include River to River Festival, Hudson River County Fair, Bronx Botanical Gardens Festivals, DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park Sculpture Festival, Governor's Island Opening Day, The International Bluegrass Music Awards, Ozark Folk Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and in the UK Broadstairs Folk Fest, Yorkshire Moors Fest, Devon Folk Festival, and Glastonbury Festival.

American Folk Art Museum review by New York Music Daily

Jan Bell is a British born multi - award winning singer songwriter with six critically acclaimed albums, including Independent Music Awards Best Alt. Country album. A featured artist in The Village Voice, The Sunday Times, Nashville Scene, New Orleans City Life, Americana UK. NYC highlights include The Woody Guthrie Archives, Joe's Pub, Highline Ballroom, River to River Festival and opening for Emmylou Harris, Odetta, Wanda Jackson, Ferron, and Steve Earle. Jan is band leader of The Maybelles who began as a duo in Eureka Springs, Arkansas with long time and ongoing collaborator Melissa Carper. (Photo above by Jelle Wagenaar)

'The Winding Stream' NYC Premier Opening Night

Brooklyn Paper, New York Post.

Jan Bell and The Maybelles are Brooklyn based at the heart of the thriving grass roots folk music community playing regularly in DUMBO, and at the fabulous Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook. Highlights include opening the show for Emmylou Harris, Odetta, Wanda Jackson, Steve Earle and writing music to lyrics at the Woody Guthrie Archives.

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

Village Voice

An EXPERT BAND ! Celtic tinged, Appalachian influenced repertoire puts their album in my Top Ten Folk Albums.

Time Out NY

3rd Coast Music, Austin, TX

Fabulous harmonies, marvellously balanced instruments, contemporary lyrics and sassy attitude, a formula which first made them big favorites in New Orleans and now has them touring European festivals this summer.

Bluegrass Breakdown, Nashville Public Radio

I love bands that are willing to explore new territory. I love the instrumental combination, the old-time real country feel, the close harmonies and the sprightly fiddle playing. I think you all are onto something big. Thanks so much for sending me a copy of Leavin' Town.

Founders, Rounder Records

We just love The Maybelles...memorable songs, great spirit, lovely and lilting harmonies---plus they're just plain fun. Its great to hear them re-inventing a whole new kind of old-time music.

BBC Radio London

“ Of all the music the Be Good Tanya's gave me, my favorite is The Maybelles. They sound like they might be the grand daughters of country greats from the 1930's, The Wild Wood Flowers”

Brooklyn Folk Festival

Lucid Culture

"Jan Bell's soaring , haunting, marvelous, old school country band"

Photo: Sean Wallace

The Maybelles Governor's Island, NYC Spring 2013

Uncle Calvin's Coffee House

"Gloriously sensual harmonies, with expert and authentic instrumentality and solid songs. Their style is "mountain music"--Appalachian--with a good bit of bluegrass flavor. "

The Boston Globe

Event of the Week!

KUAF 'The Pickin' Post Host'

"I'm a big fan. They've got it all - good writing, good voices, good sound. If you haven't seen the Maybelles in a while, you've got a real surprise coming!" Goodfolk Concert Producer, Arkansas.

UK Press

This terrific trio is everything you would expect from a folk country blues outfit: deliciously sweet harmonies and dexterous hands that can turn their skill to all kinds of buoyant Appalachian bluegrass and mountain music. The North Devon Journal It's exactly what you want, a good-time band in a good-time pub. Who'd have thought that a bit of the Appalachian mountains by the beach would make a perfect night out? Brighton Artists and Makers. Their own songs had the air of classics in the making. The Maybelles make well-matured, fiery, musical moonshine – with a twist. The Argus Daily

Arkansas, New Orleans, NYC and Texas!

In Fall 2009, The Maybelles returned to where it all began, back in their Ozark Mountain home - Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Ten years or so ago Nebraska native Melissa Carper and Yorkshire lass Jan Bell sat on a bench in the heart of Eureka singing old time country songs. They were soon on the road, spending Winter playing the streets of New Orleans. Over the years, they came home to Eureka, opening for Emmylou Harris, Odetta, and playing the long running Ozark Folk Festival. As the rhythm section for their New Orleans pal, Opal Fly, they opened for Ray Charles at The AUD. A few years later, they returned to Jan's adopted hometown of New York City - where they met up with fiddle player Katy Cox Despite being based in three different states,(AR, NY, TX) the three had a busy few years. In 2009, they played Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and folk festivals in the UK. They also went back to where it all began,Eureka Springs to headline at The AUD. Thousands of miles and hundreds of shows and adventures later, Jan and Melissa and Katy are staying closer to home. Jan continues to lead the band back up in Brooklyn, playing with musicians who were part of The Maybelles along the way.

Violinist, Rima Fand (Luminescent Orchestrii)has played with Jan since 2000. Tina Lama plays upright bass and joined The Maybelles in 2012. NYC shows often include special guests from the thriving Brooklyn country music community. Philippa Thompson steps in regularly on Mandolin, washboard, and the Saw; Megan Palmer, now based in Nashville plays violin or piano; Katy Stone plays banjo: and May 'bro' Tim Luntzel plays upright bass. Past members of The Maybelles join in from time to time too - Hilary Hawke on banjo, Katy Rose Cox on fiddle, and founding member Melissa Carper on upright bass.

Folk Art Museum, NYC

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