Bill & The Belles Album Release for Jalopy Records "DreamSongs, Etc." / Eli Smith
About Eli Smith Eli Smith is a folk singer, banjo player and guitarist who grew up in New York’s Greenwich Village. Smith has recorded for Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and regularly performs as a solo musician and with the string band the Down Hill Strugglers. He has performed and recorded with John Cohen (New Lost City Ramblers) and Peter Stampfel (The Holy Modal Rounders and The Fugs), and has opened for songwriters Patti Smith and Steve Earle. Smith has performed at festivals and venues including the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Newport Folk Festival, Vancouver Folk Festival, The Jalopy Theatre and many more.
"Eli Smith is one of the most vital figures in the new revival of traditional American music - not hipster Americana, not navel-gazing songwritery, but homemade, heartfelt old-time music with a deep sense of history, community, and the pleasures of good picking and singing."
- Elijah Wald
About Bill & The Belles
What began as a project to explore the space created between hillbilly and urban, between vaudeville and down home, has arrived somewhere new. Bill and the Belles bring to the stage an uplifting show unlike any other, full of humor, high spirits, and all-around revelry. Nominated for four 2017 IBMA awards, Bill and the Belles play alongside America’s top country and roots music artists (including Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Hot Rize, the Cactus Blossoms, the Earls of Leicester and more) as the house band for the historic radio program Farm and Fun Time presented by Radio Bristol. It’s clear this group shares a rare musical connection and deep love for the music, and their excitement is contagious