Bill & The Belles
“What a wonderful and authentically American sound!”
– Music City Roots
With striking three-part harmonies and masterful instrumentation, the members of Bill and the Belles breathe new life into the sounds of early country music. From Johnson City, Tennessee, Bill and the Belles mine the deep musical traditions of the foothills region of the Blue Ridge. From fiddle breakdowns and Southern ballads to the pop songs of Tin Pan Alley, a Bill and the Belles show celebrates the deep roots of old time country music.
Bill and the Belles perform alongside America’s top country and roots music artists as the resident band for the historic radio program, “Farm and Fun Time” presented by Radio Bristol and housed in the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. These lifelong musicians put on an uplifting show full of humor, high spirits and all-around revelry. Their excitement is contagious!
Guitarist and vocalist Kris Truelsen was the first person to earn a masters degree from East Tennessee State University’s renowned Appalachian Studies program. As producer of Radio Bristol, Kris’ music programming is heard around the world. Kalia Yeagle is a versatile fiddler, an expressive vocalist, and a scholar of Appalachian Studies specializing in early country music’s pioneering female artists. Grace Van’t Hof, on banjo, banjo ukulele, and vocals, can play it all from Charlie Poole to Puccini! She was a founding member of the Grammy-nominated all female band, Della Mae. Karl Zerfas’ upright bass playing draws from classic country, early jazz, and hillbilly music. His solid playing is the rhythmic backbone of Bill and the Belles.
Recorded live around Tennessee Ernie Ford’s own RCA 44 microphone, their 2015 debut release, “Introducing: Bill and the Belles” showcases three distinct voices blending seamless harmony with impeccable instrumentation. Don’t miss their debut appearance at Grey Fox in 2017!