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

— 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

— Nashville Scene

The British are even making waves in the home of country. Jan Bell, a latter-day Loretta Lynn from a Yorkshire coal-mining background...whose roots still show!” - Tim Cooper

The Times, London.

4 **** STARS - Wonderful chiller thriller of a new album, Jan Bell and company are the real deal” - Tim Perlich

— NOW Toronto - NXNE Critics Pick

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

— Time Out NY

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” - Alan Lucid Culture

— New York Music Daily

Jan Bell completely won me over! Her melodies are rich and album of deceptively layered depth, really fine songs, creative arrangements and crisp playing.” - Tom Druckenmiller

— Sing Out!

A mighty fine album! Simple, well sung songs,the way it should be.”

— Americana UK

"Playing stages from Greyfox to Glastonbury. The Waldorf Astoria to the Woody Guthrie Archives"” - Paste Magazine
Despite (or maybe because of) Bell's English heritage, she's much more of a traditionalist than anyone in Nickel Creek or the Duhks; The Maybelles harder-faster is a triumph for equal-opportunity bluegrassers. Yet they give such an unsentimental melancholy to the mostly self-penned material that you remember their art, not their science. ” - Mikael Wood

Village Voice

A new festival of Americana music, debuting in Dumbo and Red Hook comes from the brain of a Brit. Why is a native of the U.S.’s former colonial oppressor organizing the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, dedicated to fiddle-and-banjo songs, the blues, and gospel spirituals from the New World? It may seem ironic, but the show’s founder says that if you dig deeper, you’ll find that the taproot of American roots music goes all the way back to Britannia.” - Max Yaeger

Brooklyn Paper, NY Post