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Hard Truth Distillery

Hard Truth Distillery, 418 Old State Road 46, Nashville, IN

Will Scott and Jan Bell solo and duo. Visit the home of Hard Truth Distilling Co. located on 325 acres in the heart of beautiful Brown County, Indiana. Guests can visit the Hard Truth Tours & Tastings Center and take walking and ATV tours, have a drink at the bar, or purchase carryout and souvenirs. Hungry? Visit our on-site restaurant, operated by Hard Truth's sister company, Big Woods Restaurant Group. In fair weather, guests can enjoy our outdoor concert venue, the Hard Truth Terrace. Hard Truth also hosts various events throughout the year, like the Whiskey Chaser Running Festival, Midwest Distiller's Fest, and more!

Our Anniversary Show at BCI

Brown County Inn, Van Buren St., Nashville, IN 47448

Hill Folk Music Series curator Will Scott and life partner Jan Bell celebrate sweet sixteen years since the day they met in Red Hook, Brooklyn NYC. Half of that time long distance via DUMBO Brooklyn, and beautiful Brown County, Indiana.


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.

$15 - $18

Liberty View Pier 6 Stage - Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

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Brooklyn Bridge Park, Liberty View at Pier 6 Plaza, NYC

Jan Bell hosts the 7th Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival. Fifty Live Music Events on seven stages including Liberty View at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Acoustic round robin women led jam 1pm - 3pm with our friends from Porch Stomp kick things off Saturday, September 18th.

Dumbo Archway Stage - Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

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Dumbo Archway, 55 Water Street, Pearl Plaza Brooklyn 11201, Dumbo Brooklyn NYC

Friday, September 17th Tix $20. ​The DUMBO Archway a full lineup of six bands with highly anticipated new releases in the spectacular 7,000 square foot cobblestone cathedral-like plaza beneath the Manhattan Bridge. Special Guest MC John Platt (WFUV) Legendary DJ and Music Presenter. 5pm Emerald Rae 5.30pm Bobtown 6.30pm Eleanor Buckland 7pm Crys Matthews and Heather Mae 8pm Mike Younger 9pm Jesse Lenat

Featuring ​Jesse Lenat​ (RENT​, Willie Nelson's Farm Aid). Mike Younger, whose new release “Burning the Big Top Down'' features Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi All Stars) and the legendary Levon Helm / Eleanor Buckland: one-third of Lula Wiles, the Smithsonian Folkways folk-rock trio / Rising stars from WFUV’s On Your Radar Bobtown, and Emerald Rae kick off the festivities which continue in the Dumbo Archway Saturday September 18th free of charge:: Walter Parks, sideman guitarist to Richie Havens / Maggie Carson, a songwriter, banjo player and member of old-time Americana band Spirit Family Reunion / Samoa Wilson “The essence of unaffected musical storytelling’ Nat Hentoff - sings gospel, blues and honeyed renditions of rare tunes / Emerging Americana artists Edan Archer, and multi award winner UK Americana artist Danni Nicholls.


Opening Night Brooklyn Americana Music Festival

Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn NY

The Seventh Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival takes place September 16th -19th, 2021. Opening Night Concert / Tickets $25 Thursday September 16th at Red Hook’s fabulous ​Jalopy Theatre​ with performances by ​Washington, D.C. resident Crys Matthews is among the brightest of the new generation of social justice music-makers, and is being hailed as “the next Woody Guthrie”. Jalopy regulars M Shanghai, reunite to play their first show since pre-pandemic and are "One of the best acts who usually play monthly, proving that New York, nay, Brooklyn is as country as Tennessee." - Village Voice.

Fifty live music events at seven iconic locations including the DUMBO Archway Plaza under the Manhattan Bridge and Pier 6 Plaza in Brooklyn Bridge Park on September 17th, 18th, and 19th. Nightly concerts will be held at Jalopy Theatre​ and Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook; and Superfine and 68 Jay St Bar in Dumbo. This annual festival is a beloved celebration of folk, roots, country blues, bluegrass, and jazz and attendees of all ages can enjoy banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and three part harmony renditions of original and traditional songs performed by a majority of women-identified artists. Ticketed concerts include the festival kickoff on September 16th at Jalopy Theatre, and September 17th in the Dumbo Archway Plaza, and are followed by thirty FREE live music events for all ages.


28th Metamora Music Festival

The Back Porch Stage, The Train Place, Metamora, Indiana 47030

The Metamora Music Festival features music at the Back Porch of Lane's End Barn, along the Whitewater Canal. The Metamora Music Festival has been going on in the meadow at Lane's End for two decades. In 2007 the Back Porch was added to the barn and monthly Acoustic Final Fridays were started. The festival takes place on the Sat and Sun of Labor Day weekend, there is no admission charge, free parking is available across the creek from the Back Porch. A very nice campground is located on the north side of US 52, part of the Whitewater Gateway Park of the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway.

Metamora is located about halfway between Indianapolis and Cincinnati on US Highway 52. Nine miles west of Brookville Lake.

Hard Truth Distillery

Hard Truth Distillery, 418 Old State Road 46, Nashville, Indiana

Hard Truth Distilling Co. located on 325 acres in the heart of beautiful Brown County, Indiana. Guests can visit the Hard Truth Tours & Tastings Center and take walking and ATV tours, have a drink at the bar, or purchase carryout and souvenirs. In fair weather, guests can enjoy our outdoor concert venue, the Hard Truth Terrace. Hard Truth also hosts various events throughout the year, like the Whiskey Chaser Running Festival, Midwest Distiller's Fest, and more!

Mini-Indiana Tour! Opening for Troubadours of Divine Bliss

Mashcraft - Outdoors, 1140 N State Road 135, Greenwood, Indianapolis

Solo set opening the show for the legendary 'Troubs'! “Music that could melt a stone statue” -BBC Radio

They have been voted “Best Folk Band” in New Orleans and Louisville with have 9 recordings and a tenth in the works. They are spiritual, environmental, and social justice activists and are the founders of Mighty Kindness Hoots- community unity festivals.

Brooklyn Americana Music Benefit hosted by Superfine

Superfine, 126 Front St, Dumbo NYC

Fundraiser for the 7th Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival. featuring Queen Esther, Jesse Lenat, Pete Lanctot and Ginger Dolden, Melanie Curran, Tina Lama and Jan Bell. Sliding scale donation. Tickets will be made available online asap!

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Live at Hi Fi, Indianapolis. Opening for Sierra Ferrell, Fall 2021. (Recorded by Backwoods Films)


Story Inn, IN Summer 2020 while NYC Venues were shuttered down and only 'incidental' music allowed...

Fast Forward to Fall 2021 at the Hi Fi INDY (Audio recording by Backwoods Films):

The Maybelles at Brooklyn Americana Music Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Our first show together in 18 months:

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

Listen on Sound Cloud or Listen on BandCamp

Album Release at Barbes, Brooklyn NYC February, 2019.

(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.

Jan Bell and The Maybelles call Dumbo, Brooklyn NYC home - where they have helped build the live music scene over two decades. Derelict buildings now Luxury Condo's, and desolate streets now Instagram gold. Here's a performance Galapagos, on Mains Street Dumbo. L - R: Philippa Thompson fiddle, Tim Luntzel bass, Hilary Hawke banjo. Filmed by John Ensor Parker. 

Other NYC Highlights: 

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