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Opening for Melissa Carper. After the success of her critically-acclaimed 2021 release Daddy' s Country Gold, Melissa Carper, dubbed "HillBillie Holiday" by friend and collaborator Chris Scruggs, was eager to get back in the studio. With co-producers Andrija Tokic (St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Hurray For The Riff Raff) and Dennis Crouch (The Time Jumpers) behind the boards again at Tokic's analog paradise The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, Carper assembled that same crew of magical music makers -- plus a few more -- to embark on her newest effort, Ramblin' Soul, set for release November 18th via Thirty Tigers. Carper's deep, old-timey music roots were firmly planted as a child, playing upright bass and singing in her family's traveling country band in rural Nebraska. Her love of country classics was cultivated as she laid beneath the console listening to her parents' record collection. Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, and more became the soundtrack of her youth. When Carper's father gifted her a collection of Jimmie Rodgers' recordings, she began to find her voice and calling as a songwriter. Carper attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a music scholarship, and spent much of her time in the music library, instinctively drawn to the great jazz classics and jazz vocalists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. She also discovered Lead Belly, uncovering a deep well within when singing his songs. Carper stands firmly on the shoulders of American ramblers, crooners, and songsters -- the building blocks of her musical foundation. The Maybelles began as a duo in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Jan Bell will be joined by long time friend and fellow 'Maybelle' Hilary Hawke on banjo.

$15 ADV / $20 DOS

Brooklyn Americana Music presents: Loretta Lynn Birthday Show Flood Relief Fundraiser in aid of Appalshop, KY Live Music by: Queen Esther, Christian & Cole, David Russell, Olivia Ellen Lloyd, Squiretown, and special guests!. Hosted by Jan Bell

Join us for a Flood Relief Fundraiser to help Appalshop recover from the devastating July 2022 flooding. Based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, Appalshop is a community media and arts center dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich cultural heritage of Central Appalachia. Since 1969, they have been committed to creating a more just and equitable society by empowering Appalachians to tell their own stories—through film, radio, theater, music, reproductive justice work, and community development.

Come early and join the Bluegrass Jam with Hilary Hawke at 6 pm! Details here:

Sliding Scale $10 - $20

Strand Theatre

Ken Waldman, and Kit Haymond., Shelbyville, IN 46176

Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet with special guest Kit Haymond and Jan Bell Sunday, April 2, 3 pm, as part of the Strand Theatre's spring schedule, Alaskan Fiddling Poet, Ken Waldman, makes his first Indiana appearance in a decade. Ken brings a local special guest, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Kit Haymond and Jan Bell.

April is National Poetry Month! Ken Waldman's 20 books include 16 full-length poetry collections. His 12 CDs combine Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. He promises an afternoon full of fun, inspiration, and surprises that will take you from Shelby County to the Real Alaska and back.



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Americana Music Association UK, Hackney, London UK

The Americana Music Association UK (AMA-UK) is a professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of Americana music in the UK. Our membership comprises musicians, both from the UK and overseas, plus individuals and organisations from all sectors of the music industry, including; agents, promoters, venues, festivals, labels, distributors, retailers, management, touring crew, journalists, broadcasters and publicists.

Song Writing Retreat

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Autumn in Southern Indiana, Winter in NYC

Taking three months off playing regular shows to dedicate time to songwriting for the next album, including co-writes with fellow band mates The Maybelles, and members of the original Little Red Hen Music Collective. Oct / Nov in southern Indiana. December in Dumbo Brooklyn; and January London and Yorkshire, England.

The Maybelles at Superfine

Superfine, 126 Front St, Dumbo, Brooklyn NY 11201

The Maybelles are Rima Fand - violin, Tina Lama - upright bass, Philippa Thompson - mandolin, fiddle, washboard, and the saw, and special guest Hilary Hawke who you may have seen playing banjo with us - on lap steel today. We have a commitment to sustainable agriculture and proudly feature a changing menu reflecting the availability of the freshest ingredients including organic pork & poultry, grass fed beef, the finest seafood in NYC, seasonal produce from local farmers and our own house made desserts.

We are also committed to our community which is deeply rooted in the arts. Our gallery wall displays a different artist each month and our stage features musicians from down the street and around the world.

No Cover Charge. Reservations for three or more recommended

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(Above) Hi Fi Indy Opening for Sierra Ferrell Fall 2021 (Backwoods Films)





Independent Music Awards, Lincoln Center


Listen on Sound Cloud or Listen on BandCamp

Album Release Show at Barbes, Brooklyn NYC 2019.

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 NYC. Her band "The Maybelles” 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 for Best Alt. Country album. Nominee Best Concept album ‘Dream of the Miner’s Child’. 


“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