Based out of Durham, NC, Violet Bell is an original indie duo striving to create “folk-soul music that sings in your bones.” Lizzy Ross has made a name for herself with stirring original songs and “a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey you’ve ever tasted” (Chicago RedEye). She won FloydFest’s On the Rise contest and has been awarded the Carolina Music Award for best rock female and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. Multi-instrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez (Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, the Durham Symphony Orchestra) elevates the music with violin, guitar, cello, mandolin, and stellar vocal harmonies.
Whether they’re playing an intimate acoustic tune or sprawling out in psychedelic revelry, you can feel the magic.Violet Bell will perform on Sunday, October 21 at 7pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at www.wslr.org.
Violet Bell’s momentum also radiates from the experience of recording their debut full-length album, Honey in My Heart, which is set for early 2019 release. Cut at the Fidelitorium in Kernersville in May 2018 with engineer Jason Richmond (Avett Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Nneena Freelon, Dom Flemons, Bombadil, Shana Tucker), the songs were done live, without isolation or click tracks. Full of personality, Honey in My Heartfeels consistent with the duo’s true selves as opposed to hidden behind studio wizardry.
Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has been presented at venues and festivals such as Americanafest, WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour, The Center for the Study of the American South, Rooster Walk Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Ocrafolk Festival, the Charleston Bluegrass Festival, the Festival for the Eno, the Beaufort Music Festival, the Burlington Carousel Festival, the Elizabeth City Potato Festival, Campfire Festival, Club Passim, the Rooster’s Wife, the Haw River Ballroom, Worsell Manor, Apex Peakfest, the Evening Muse, the Blue Plate Special, Folk Alliance International, and many more.
Photo courtesy of Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center