Oct30

Opening for Sierra Ferrell

Hi Fi Lounge, 1043 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Jan Bell kicks off the night followed by John R Miller opening for Sierra Ferrell. With her spellbinding voice and time-bending sensibilities, Sierra Ferrell makes music that's as fantastically vagabond as the artist herself. Growing up in small-town West Virginia, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist left home in her early 20s to journey across the country with a troupe of nomadic musicians, playing everywhere from truck stops to alleyways to freight-train boxcars speeding down the railroad tracks. After years of living in her van and busking on the streets of New Orleans and Seattle, she moved to Nashville and soon landed a deal with Rounder Records on the strength of her magnetic live show. Now, on her highly anticipated label debut Long Time Coming, Ferrell shares a dozen songs beautifully unbound by genre or era, instantly transporting her audience to an infinitely more enchanted world.

Co-produced by Stu Hibberd and 10-time Grammy Award-winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch), Long Time Coming embodies a delicate eclecticism fitting for a musician who utterly defies categorization. "I want my music to be like my mind is -- all over the place," says Ferrell, who recorded the album at Southern Ground and Minutia studios in Nashville. "I listen to everything from bluegrass to techno to goth metal, and it all inspires me in different ways that I try to incorporate into my songs and make people really feel something." In sculpting the album's chameleonic sound, Ferrell joined forces with a knockout lineup of guest musicians (including Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Chris Scruggs, Sarah Jarosz, Billy Strings, and Dennis Crouch), adding entirely new texture to each of her gracefully crafted and undeniably heartfelt songs.

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No Country - In remembrance of September 11th

 

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Quarantine Session for Jalopy Theatre 'Stay the Folk Home' Series at Bill Monroe's Campground, Bean Blossom Indiana. August 2020

'Queens of Country & Folk' Weekly Tribute Series 2020. Curated by Beth Chrisman (Austin TX)

Live Stream from Quarantine for Swallow Hill Music, Colorado (Click Below)

(Above) Rockwood Music Hall, NYC with The Maybelles: Rima Fand, and Tina Lama.

From a coal-mining village in Yorkshire England, Jan Bell made her name as a songwriter in NYC. Over the last twenty years recording seven critically acclaimed albums made in New Orleans, Eureka Springs AR and Brooklyn. She is especially known for her band "The Maybelles” who started out in The Ozarks as a duo with Melissa Carper. 

 

Along the way opening for Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Odetta, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Independent Music Award winner for Best Alt. Country album, and Best Concept album ‘Dream of the Miner’s Child’ dedicated to Jan Bell’s grandad. 

 

“Maybe growing up in Nottinghamshire is what sets Jan Bell apart from the run of local lady folkies. Or maybe its the slide guitars, harmonicas, mandolins and banjos. Dark, old timey spareness......gorgeous ” - Chuck Eddy, The Village Voice

 

“Bell's music isn't strictly bluegrass, but her reworking of old-time country and jug-band blues is remarkably nuanced. It embodies the wide-open spirit of what has become an antic, hybrid genre.” - Edd Hurt, The Nashville Scene

 

“Jan Bell leads The Maybelles in up tempo, soulful country songs.” - Hank Schteamer, Time Out NY 

 

Festival stages include River to River Festival, Hudson River County Fair, Bronx Botanical Gardens Festivals, Dumbo Arts Festival, Brooklyn Bridge Park Festival, Governor's Island Opening Day, Prospect Park Harvest festival, 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.

 

NYC highlights include The Woody Guthrie Archives, Joe's Pub, Highline Ballroom, 'The Winding Stream' Documentary opening for Rosanne Cash at Independent Film Center.

 

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

The Carters, the Cashes & the Course of Country Music

Opening night at IFC Center, NYC. THE WINDING STREAM 

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 Brooklyn. 

Glastonbury Festival! Band Stand Stage.

Make Music New York with Baby Gramps.

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

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

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


Brooklyn Country Music Festival, opening for Ramblin' Jack Elliot  at The Bell House,

International Bluegrass Music Awards, IBMA Nashville - Official Artist - Roots and Branches Stage

MacDowell Colony100 year celebration in Central Park.

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