Jan Bell and The Maybelles have opened the show for Emmylou Harris, Odetta, Wanda Jackson, Steve Earle, & The Be Good Tanyas.
Enchantingly fusing Anglo-Americana sounds Jan Bell has a wonderful knack of breathing new life into time worn folk tales and rare used human stories 4 STARS - Maverick Magazine, UK
It could be 1925 and the Appalachians! A cool clear harmony and narrative driven by the simple guitar cycle and the ghostly violin. Taut vocals and beautiful instrumentation. Americana UK.
Making waves in the home of country, from a Yorkshire coal mining background whose roots still show...A latter day Loretta Lynn. The Times, London UK.
A beautiful blend of old timey folk and alt. country 4 1/2 STARS American Roots UK
THUMBS UP! Fetching British American album. fRoots.
A strong argument in favour of keeping the album format alive 4 STARS R2 Rock n Reel, UK
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
Bill Monroe's 'With Body and Soul' Live at Joe's Pub, NYC
With Rima Fand and Megan Palmer at Dreamaway Lodge.
NYC shows often include special guests from the thriving Brooklyn country music community. Philippa Thompson steps in regularly on Mandolin, washboard, and the Saw; Megan Palmer, now in Nashville plays violin or piano; Katy Stone (banjo); and May 'bro' Tim Luntzel on upright bass. Past members of The Maybelles - Hilary Hawke (banjo), Katy Rose Cox (violin), and founding member Melissa Carper (upright bass) step in when not on tour, or back in Brooklyn.
Jan spent the late 90's traveling the back roads of North America thanks to the young troubadour Jason Eklund. He introduced her to the American Folk community and the music of Woody Guthrie, back before Okemah, Oklahoma founded his home town name sake festival. New Orleans, the Ozarks, Oregon, New Mexico and Colorado were all home away from house-less. Gas was a dollar a gallon, and they put miles in six figures on his '78 Mercury Grand Marquis. In 2000 Jan decided to settle down in a neighborhood by The Brooklyn Bridge called Dumbo (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). There she put together her first country band playing on the back of a '64 Ford Pick up truck outside an iron workers bar that stood there for a century. Six albums and five UK tours later, Jan continues to play as band leader of The Maybelles. Often accompanied by violin, upright bass, banjo, mandolin, or lap steel. Year round she hosts Americana, Folk and Country Blues artists from both sides of the Atlantic, and has built a vital grass roots music scene on the ever gentrifying Brooklyn waterfront.
'Much as a lot of New York clubs exploit musicians, there are other venues that actually support and nurture scenes: Barbes, with its global talent base; the Jalopy’s oldtime Americana roots crew; punk rock at ABC No Rio; jazz at Smalls. Count 68 Jay St. Bar in Dumbo on this short but crucial list. If Jan Bell (a poignant and potent Americana singer and tunesmith herself) has booked a band for one of the bar’s Wednesday and Saturday night shows, that’s a guarantee that the music will be good'. - New York Music Daily
Highlights 2010 - 2015
Playing the Brooklyn Country Music Festival, opening for Ramblin' Jack Elliot.
Jan Bell and The Maybelles opened the night at IFC Center, New York City. THE WINDING STREAM is a story about the family at the heart of American roots music. Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film features interviews with a veritable who’s who of American music.
First time in mainland Europe! A packed house in Berlin; and a Live broadcast overlooking the city on Amsterdam FM.
Following a UK string of dates opening for Will Scott - Americana UK 9 out of 10 review, lists his cover of Jan Bell's 'Right to Love' as a stand out track.
UK Tour with Will Scott, including Glastonbury Festival!
Joe's Pub, NYC - packed house with The Sweetback Sisters
Make Music New York with Baby Gramps.
Singing at Weddings! New Orleans in the Marigny & a 9th Century Church in Sussex, England
Duets with Jolie Holland - Dumbo Arts Festival, City Winery, NYC. World Cafe, Philadelphia.
Brooklyn Arts Council September 11th memorial Sing at Powerhouse, DUMBO.
HIGHLIGHTS 2004 - 2009
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, 'The Real Deal' Songwriters In the Round on the Masters Stage with Claire Lynch, and The Gibson Brothers.
Americana UK Feature Interview.
Opening for Steve Earle in NYC
Tribute album to EC Ball, singing alongside Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas) and Jolie Holland.
Signs with Charisma Artist Agency.
Opening for FERRON in NYC, and ODETTA in the Ozarks.
Top 3 Albums Country Music Radio UK Hosted by Gail Comfort.
Independent Music Awards 8th Annual Best Alt. Country Album.
Brooklyn Country Music Hall of Famefor 'Unending support of Country Music'
International Bluegrass Music Awards, IBMANashville - Official Artist
Village Voice TOP 10 Folk Albums
1st place WINNER New Orleans City Life Singer/Songwriter
WINNER New Jersey Folk Festival Singer Songwriter
Top 3 Albums of the yearCMR Nashville, UK
Mayor Bloomberg Award for Women in Business, NYC
Superfine cites Jan Bell and Little Red Hen Music in receipt of the Award.
MacDowell Colony100 year celebration in Central Park
Audience Award Title Track in Malibu Film Festival 'Between the Bridges'
Emerging Leadership Institute at APAP (Arts Presenters and Performers, NYC Annual Convention 2011)
WINNER! Independent Music Awards for Alt. Country Album of the year 2008
Made in Brooklyn and produced by Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), the album was chosen over thousands of entries world-wide winning
The People's Choice Award.
*The Maybelles at Governor's Island photo by Sean Wallace