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Houston: "Third Tuesdays" Show at La Carafe - September 17, 2017

Hey, Everybody!  Many thanks to all those who called, emailed, and sent text messages to show concern during Hurricane Harvey.  It was quite an experience to say the least. Now, we’re heading toward Fall and I’m looking forward to welcoming in another new season with the “third Tuesdays” show at La Carafe in downtown Houston on Market Square this Tuesday evening, September 19 from 9-11 p.m. with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle.  Like my hundred-year-old wood frame “company house” near downtown, historic La Carafe—the oldest commercial building in Houston, formerly Kennedy Bakery—weathered the storm like a veteran.  I hope you can make it out if you’re in the area.  And I’ll send an update on the new album when I know more.  We are working on a Plan B since Harvey decided to throw us a curve ball and delay production, which was scheduled to begin in Houston on August 28!  New music, fun times, and exciting news on the horizon . . . Y’all come!

La Carafe Third Tuesdays Show and Glen Campbell - August 14, 2017

Hey, Everybody!

I am really looking forward to the next phase of my music.  I have very exciting news on the horizon.

I will be at La Carafe here in Houston this Tuesday night and I hope that you will come out if you can.

In the meantime, I want to pass along this pleasantly surprising video by Alice Cooper:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6q2hsdXenQ

I actually don’t think that people should talk openly about someone’s medical condition, but Glen Campbell made his situation clear publicly with his “farewell album” and I would like to leave you today with his cover of “These Days” by Jackson Browne:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvQ77PoNJ6E

He is even more than I thought before and I hope that you will take a minute to listen.

Y’all come!

Houston: La Carafe Tonight, Dean's Downtown Sunday - July 18, 2017

Hey, Everybody!

I hope that everyone everywhere is having a fun and productive summer.  I’ve been enjoying spending time at the turn-of-the-century one-room “Lone Star” schoolhouse my grandmother attended that we are renovating deep in the magical woods of East Texas across the road from my parents’ lovely home where I spent so much of my youth.  I am working on songs for an exciting new album that I will write about more in the near future!

But in the meantime, it is that time again—time for my “third Tuesday” show at historic La Carafe on Congress Avenue in downtown Houston tonight (July 18) from 9-11 p.m. with Billy Sanders on electric guitar and Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle.  Lots of fun guaranteed, you never know who you might see . . . at La Carafe!

And on Sunday (July 23) from 8-10 p.m., I’ll be at another historic Houston venue, Dean’s Downtown, on Main Street with Texas singer-songwriter, Matt Harlan.  Matt is the “real deal” and it will be a pleasure to share the stage with him in a casual but serious songwriter showcase that attracts a regular crowd of people who come out to socialize and listen.

Parking is free and easy in downtown Houston on Tuesday and Sunday evenings, and La Carafe and Dean’s are air-conditioned—a welcomed reprieve from this Houston Heat. 

Y’all come!  

Houston: “3rd Tuesdays @ La Carafe” Reminder - June 19, 2017

“Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Hey, Everybody! 

It’s a festive time here in Houston and I’m looking forward to extending our annual celebration of “freedom for all” tomorrow at historic La Carafe (June 20) from 9-11 p.m. with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle and Jahrel Pickens on his magical keys.  

In the meantime, I wish everyone everywhere a HAPPY JUNETEENTH!

Y’all come!

Downtown Houston Shows Tonight and Sunday - May 16, 2017

Hey, Everybody!  I’m looking forward to two shows this week in downtown Houston.  I’ll be at La Carafe tonight (May 16) from 9-11 p.m. and at Dean’s Sunday evening (May 21) from 8-10 p.m. with Kristal Cherelle: www.kristalcherellemusic.com

 Thanks to everyone who has recently subscribed to this newsletter.  I usually write more, but lately I have lots of news and little time.  So I’ll close quickly with best wishes for a fun and productive week and sincere hopes to see or hear from you soon.

 Y’all come!

Downtown Houston: La Carafe Tonight + New Music Video! - April 18, 2017

Hey, Everybody!  It’s a rainy day in Houston, but tonight will be lovely at historic La Carafe from 9-11 with Greg Henkel joining me on his incredible viofiddle and a surprise guest, too, for our regular “third Tuesday of the month” show.

 

I’m also pleased to report that next weekend I’ll be shooting a brand new music video with French-Canadian artist, Natali Leduc, as we continue our ongoing series of video releases, which we launched in 2014 with the dark and moody “Southern Gothic Wedding Waltz” and followed up last year with the light and airy “Tonight’s the Night (We Graduate)”:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHd0R7_yuoU

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h6LwFyT7OA

 

Lots of fun, creative times on the horizon and new songs on the way . . .

 

Y’all come!

Austin SXSW and Houston Downtown - March 15, 2017

Austin—Thursday, March 16

3-4 p.m. at Opa! Wine and Coffee House

2050 South Lamar (near the Oltorf intersection)

a nice, relaxing coffee house/wine bar with indoor and outdoor seating and a dedicated, free parking lot!

Houston—Sunday, March 19

8-10 p.m. at Dean’s Downtown

316 Main Street (between Congress and Preston)

a beautifully renovated historic storefront building with high ceilings, crystal clear sound, and convenient free street parking on Sunday evenings

 

Hey, Everybody!

As the Northeast hunkers down, we are enjoying a gorgeous Spring Break here in Texas!  I’ve been sitting out on the front porch, drinking delicious cappuccino from my new Nespresso—compliments of my parents at Christmas—bird watching and soaking in the sunshine after a wet, gray February and I’ve been having fun and keeping busy writing songs for my next album and preparing to head to Austin to appear again in the Eighth Annual Big Kev Roots, Rock, Revolution Radio Showcase tomorrow afternoon at Opa!

On Sunday evening, I’ll be back at Dean’s Downtown in Houston with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle and I’m really looking forward to that, too! 

Let the good times roll . . . As always . . .

Y’all come!

 

Lone Star: Critics' Choice 2016 + More! - February 4, 2017

Grackle & Grackle Songwriting Workshop w/ Glenna Bell Sign Up Now!  (Feb 9-March 9)

 

http://grackleandgrackle.com/product/songwriting/

 

Hey, Everybody!

 

Good news! On my way to Beaumont, Texas to perform at the historic Jefferson Theatre on Janis Joplin’s birthday, I was quite pleasantly surprised to get an email from my publicist, Mark Pucci in Atlanta, letting me know that Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas is a top album pick for 2016 in Deep Roots, an extraordinarily comprehensive and highly credible Manhattan-based music magazine that I have admired for quite some time, the brainchild of veteran Rolling Stone music writer, David McGee:

 

http://deeprootsmag.org/2017/01/16/albums-of-the-year-2016/

 

Then, out of the blue I received an email from a talented friend in Nashville letting me know that Lone Star was also a critics’ choice on TWO “top ten” lists for 2016 in the top-tier, subscription-only UK magazine, Country Music People:  

 

In the January issue, each of their CD reviewers has a page showing their Top 10 of 2016.  Reviewer Kelly Gregory placed Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from The Heart of Texas at Number 8 of her 10, with the comment: "An utterly brilliant and unique album from one of Texas' finest and underrated singer-songwriters."

 

And reviewer Paul Riley also has the album at Number 8, with the comment: "Underrated Texas singer-songwriter, Glenna Bell, charms us with more tales from the Lone Star State."

 

And THEN someone sent me this great pic from my hometown newspaper, the Beaumont Enterprise, commemorating my appearance at the Jefferson Theatre:

 

http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/Jefferson-Theatre-celebrates-Joplin-s-birthday-10870439.php

 

And THEN, like magic, I sat down and wrote a brand new song that I love!

 

What a wonderful year this is turning out to be.  I’m really looking forward to seeing it all unfold as I enjoy Super Bowl LI from a close distance here in my hundred year old woodframe house at the shadowy-sunshiny edge of the city, reading Patti Smith’s M Train—a gift from Big Kev—in my cozy old bed as a blimp floats by my upstairs window against the sparkling backdrop of the downtown skyline.  How surreal.  And the fireworks have been spectacular!

 

The next shows are here in Super Bowl City with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle. I’ll be doing some material from my recent “Janis Joplin experience” and of course the originals, too:

 

Dean’s Downtown:  February 12 from 8-10 p.m.

 

La Carafe:  February 21 from 9-11 p.m.

 

Looking forward . . .

 

Y’all come!

Houston—La Carafe; Beaumont—The Jefferson Theatre; Grackle & Grackle Songwriting Workshop! - January 16, 2017

Hey, Everybody!  Happy MLK Day!

And Happy New Year!

2017 is off to an exciting start.  I am enjoying the process of preparing to conduct a five-week songwriting workshop for Grackle & Grackle in the Houston Heights, beginning on February 2.  They have posted a description of this unique experience and they’re taking sign up’s now: 

http://grackleandgrackle.com/product/songwriting/

Please email me if you have questions and please help us spread the word:

http://grackleandgrackle.com/we-are/

I am also happy to announce a special “third Tuesday” show at La Carafe tomorrow—January 17 from 9:30-11 p.m.—in Downtown Houston with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle: 

La Carafe is a “candlelit place for sipping wine & ghost hunting inside the oldest commercial building in Houston,” located at 813 Congress Ave, Houston, TX 77002:

http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~hans320/projects/lacarafe/index.html 


 

As always, we will be doing an original set, and I will be previewing some of my favorite Janis Joplin songs to be featured in my solo appearance at another historic venue—the Jefferson Theatre in Beaumont, Texas—on JJ’s birthday this Thursday, January 19 from 6-7:20 p.m.


"The Jefferson Theatre is a historic performing arts theatre located on Fannin Street in downtown Beaumont, Texas . . . The theatre is featured on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. The theatre recently underwent a comprehensive multimillion-dollar renovation."

After my performance, there will be a showing of the movie, Little Girl Blue, a new documentary on Janis Joplin’s life and music.  Needless to say, I am flattered to have been contacted by the City of Beaumont Event Facilities Office to entertain in my hometown, situated in the Golden Triangle not far from where Janis grew up in Port Arthur, Texas near the Louisiana border.  I am really looking forward to this memorable evening and I hope that you will join us if you can:

http://discoverbeaumont.com/jefferson-theatre-info/jefferson-theatre-movies/

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Hear the New Indie Version of "Valentine!" - December 31, 2016

Hey, Everybody!  

"Be My Valentine (On Christmas)" reached a million streams on Spotify and was covered this season by an indie band based in Seattle, Washington: 

https://depressica.bandcamp.com/

Featuring Jessica Mayuga and Lucas Cathey, with tags “alternative bedroom recordings christmas diy emo holiday lo-fi sad girl seattle,” it appears that they are making headway on the West Coast music scene and beyond.

I’ve always heard there is nothing like the feeling of having your song covered by a talented up and coming act, and now I know.  I love their minimalist take on “Valentine,” and I hope that you enjoy this little playlist from these young people in Seattle:

https://indiebeatmusic.com/2016/08/30/air-intro-jess-mayuga/

Wherever you are and whatever you do – Have a Happy New Year!

Y’all come!

Houston: Happy Holiday Shows, Sunday & Tuesday - December 16, 2016

Look and Listen for “Be My Valentine (On Christmas)” on Spotify Playlists this Season!

AND . . . 

Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas on Digital, CD, & Vinyl!

more info at www.glennabell.com

Hey, Everybody!  I hope that you’re having a smooth transition into the holidays.  Last night the local news announced that only four states in the USA are not having snow, and we are hoping for some this year here in Houston—wouldn’t it be extraordinary to enjoy snow in Houston on Christmas?  In the meantime, it is scheduled to be eighty degrees here tomorrow and then the temperatures will begin to drop quickly, making it a perfect “feel” for the shows at Dean’s Downtown on Main Street this Sunday, December 18 from 8-10 p.m. and historic La Carafe on Market Square Tuesday, December 20 from 9-11 p.m. with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle and Nathan Mays on double bass.  If you are in town, it would be so nice to ring in the holidays with you, so I hope that you will stop by.  Street parking downtown is free and easy on weeknights and there is nothing like being together with friends in the heart of a big city all decked out for the season and ready to ring in another beautiful new year of life. 

I am wishing everyone everywhere all the best of the holidays and many memories in the making as we approach 2017 . . .  

Y’all come! 

Houston Shows + Spotify Permanent Holiday Playlist - November 11, 2016

Hey, Everybody!  It is hard to believe how fast another month has slipped by and that it is already time again for the shows at Dean’s Downtown (Sunday, November 13 from 8-10 p.m.) and La Carafe (Tuesday, November 15 from 9-11 p.m.) in Houston

I’m really looking forward to performing with Nathan Mays on bass and Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle AND to soaking in the downtown atmosphere amidst this crisp, cool weather that we are enjoying here in Houston at this time of the year.  It is so nice to actually feel the changing seasons and to begin to sense the excitement of the forthcoming holidays in the air. 

And speaking of the holidays, I am pleased to announce that I recently received word from my distributor that “Be My Valentine (On Christmas),” which has being doing so well on Spotify over the last two consecutive seasons, has been placed on a permanent Spotify playlist, “Acoustic Christmas,” so will be available to Spotify streamers again this year and for years to come on that list and others

Finally, I would like to say thank you to all those who have recently signed up for this newsletter—it is great to have you on board—and to those who have been writing in requests for signed vinyl and CD’s for stocking stuffers.  It has actually been quite a lot of fun to package those up in creative ways that I hope you will like.

I wish everyone everywhere all the best as we approach the end of another beautiful year of life and the beginning of yet another.

Y’all come! 

Houston Oct. 16 & 18 + New Features in NYC & England - October 14, 2016

Hey, Everybody!  I’ll be playing at Dean’s Downtown, the beautifully renovated old storefront space on Main Street with the crystal clear sound, on Sunday evening from 8-10 p.m. with a new bass player, Nathan Mays! 

 

And on Tuesday from 9-11, I’ll be back at historic La Carafe on Congress Avenue for the “every third Tuesday” show with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle.

 

I’m really looking forward to these two local shows and I hope that you will join us.

 

In the meantime, I’m pleased to announce that the new album, Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas, will be featured in forthcoming issues of two premier periodicals—the thirty year old Big Takeover Magazine in New York and the forty year old Country Music People in England.  And both are still in print! 

 

I enjoyed corresponding with Jack Rabid, the impressive founder of the Big Takeover who started the magazine as a grass roots one-page publication in the Lower East Side, covering the vibrant alternative music scene of mid-eighties New York.  And I must say that I was tickled when the Country Music People writer who spoke with such a lovely British accent mentioned that one of my comments reminded her of “what Dolly said [to her] last week.”

 

I would like to send you a link to these pieces, but both magazines are subscription only; however, the Big Takeover is online and Country Music Peoplehas a strong FB presence if you would like to check them out.

 

In the meantime, here is a link to a flattering write up that Houston Community College posted today:

 

http://northeast.hccs.edu/news/articles/hcc-english-instructor-strums-for-success-outside-the-classroom-1.html

 

Y’all come!

Houston Tonight: In Memory of Edward Albee - September 20, 2016

Hey, Everybody!  I’m dedicating tonight’s performance to Edward Albee.  He did so much for me and never expected anything in return.  He was truly a great man. 

I will be joined on stage by Greg Henkel on his incredible vio-fiddle and Parker Murphy on his outrageous bass – Downtown at La Carafe from 9-11 or so.

Y’all come.

Four Star Album Review: Lone Star - August 17, 2016

This Sunday evening—August 21—I’ll be at Dean’s Downtown on Main Street from 8-10 p.m. with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle.  Dean’s is a gorgeous historic storefront building with high ceilings and hardwood floors that has recently been beautifully renovated, including the installation of a brand new audio system that fills this luxurious space with crystal clear sound: 

http://deansdowntown.com/about/

In the meantime, I’m passing along a thought-provoking four-star review of Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas—straight from the heart of Canada.  I really enjoyed reading this writer’s perspective:

Most modern country artists have no idea what being ‘country’ means--there’s more to it than your mama, whiskey, guitars and pick up trucks while you regurgitate clichés about picking up chicks in a honky tonk.  Glenna knows that it’s about telling true life stories, emotion, and not being afraid to show the dirt under your fingernails.  She understands this very, very well.  Though there are similarities, I would hesitate to call her amazing new record ‘country’ at all, it’s ‘western’ if anything--and it’s a good time.

“As life accelerates and the world becomes increasingly more complicated, I wanted to take a step back, slow down and spend more time alone at home writing this collection of songs,” says Bell. “(They’re) meant to be heard in private spaces and enjoyed from the perspective of a listener, much as a reader would consume a good book.”  That’s the way Lone Star struck me, even before I opened the bio and discovered that was her intent.

Glenna’s trembling vibrato gives heart breaking songs like Poor Girl (In Blue) even more depth, and each consecutive track carries with it a feeling of truth and honesty, something that can be hard to find in country.  Lone Star was created deliberately to be an intimate experience, even as she cover’s Don Henley’s classic Heart Of The Matter.  Henley might be a better singer technically, but when Glenna sings this, it sure feels like she’s revealing a chapter of her own life.

It’s doubtful you’ll hear any of these songs on contemporary country radio--too honest, too raw, extremely well played but not slick and shiny enough.  Listening to Lone Star is an experience I recommend very highly--with songs of this depth and timbre, it would be great to see her tour with Ian Tyson--another great storyteller in the western tradition. 

Essentials:  Poor Girl (In Blue), Heart of the Matter, Pig in Lipstick Blues, What It Was Was The Art Guys

By John Kereiff

http://gonzookanagan.com/rock-doctor-music-reviews-lone-star-songs-stories-straight-heart-texas-glenna-bell-burnside/ 

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Third Tuesdays at La Carafe in Houston - July 18, 2016

Hey Everybody! Tomorrow (July 19) is the third Tuesday of the month, so I’ll be back at historic La Carafe in downtown Houston from 9-11:30 p.m. with Greg Henkel on his incredible vio-fiddle.  La Carafe is a casual but classic Houston spot, and best of all, on Tuesday evenings street parking in Market Square is free and available and downtown is relatively quiet and low key.  Will have CD’s and VINYL.  Y’all come!

Taking Orders for Signed CD's and Vinyl! - June 20, 2016

Hey, Everybody!  Here’s a reminder that tomorrow (June 21) is the third Tuesday of the month, so I’ll be back at historic La Carafe in downtown Houston from 9:30-11:30 p.m. with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle.  La Carafe is a casual but classic Houston spot, street parking in Market Square is free and available on Tuesdays after six o’clock, and I’ll have Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas available on CD and vinyl!!  We’re taking orders now, so please let me know if you plan to come out tomorrow and whether you want CD, vinyl or both, and I’ll make sure to sign them before the show.

 

In the meantime, you might like to hear this interesting short interview that I did with former heavyweight boxer and current music writer and radio host, Benny “Big Dog” Henderson, Jr. a few weeks ago for Music Wire:

 

http://musicwireonline.com/blog/interview-with-singer-songwriter-glenna-bell

 

I really enjoyed sitting out on my back porch, listening to the birds sing in the trees, and talking with Benny about music.  I’d say this one “feels like home.”

 

Y’all come!

5 Minutes with Glenna Bell Q&A from Ireland! - May 31, 2016

https://5minuteswith.com/2016/05/30/5-minutes-with-singer-songwriter-glenna-bell/

 

Hey, Everybody!  Today, I’m passing along a blog link to a new Q&A with Natalie Allera Harris in Ireland, a marketing manager for luxury Scottish hotels and a lifestyle blogger who is “passionate about hospitality, tourism, music, food and social media, to name just a few.”  Her favorite quote happens to be by one of my favorite women: "You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try." –Dolly Parton

 

About 5 Minutes with.com:  “Despite being incredibly complex creatures, the human attention span is getting shorter and shorter and so here at 5 minutes with we aim to give you a quick snapshot into the lives of many fascinating individuals in 10 questions – some serious and some for fun.”

 

Recent posts include 5 Minutes with Rebecca Christensen, Entrepreneur and Founder of Love from Indie Street, and 5 Minutes with Kelly Bakewell, Miss Scottish Pin-Up!

Video Debut + New Album Review - May 27, 2016

Hey, Everybody!  Just a quick note on this rainy Friday night in Houston to let you know that my new music video, “Tonight’s the Night (We Graduate”), which Elmore Magazine premiered last month, will enjoy a debut tomorrow morning on Legends TV, a New York based show featuring “the best in pop culture.” 

Check out this short TV promo by host, Evan Ginzburg whom I had the pleasure to meet when he booked me for a few live appearances in the Village while I was in NYC:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFkZmBfLhpU

And check out the show tomorrow morning:

Saturday, May 28

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST

madhousetv2014

I also want to pass along another really lovely review of my new album, Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas, by Benny “Big Dog” Henderson, Jr. who happens to be a music writer, radio host, AND a former heavy weight boxer:

http://musicwireonline.com/blog/glenna-bell-lone-star-songs-stories-straight-from-the-heart-of-texas-album-review

Vinyl is on the way!  I’ll be keeping you posted on that and more.  In the meantime, I wish you a Happy Memorial Day Weekend whatever you do and wherever you are. 

Y’all come!

Houston Shows Tonight and Sunday + New Reviews - May 17, 2016

Hey, Everybody!  I’ve been so busy lately with the album release—which is still ongoing—it will be great to get back toLa Carafe tonight (Tuesday, May 17) from 9-11 andDean’s Downtown this Sunday evening from 8-9 with Greg Henkel on his incredible vio-fiddle.  In the meantime, I'm passing along a couple more reviews that I really like a lot.  Y’all come!

 

Recent Reviews 

 

GLENNA BELL/Tonight's The Night

Writer: Glenna Bell; Producer: Mark Abernathy; Publisher: Glenna Bell, ASCAP; GB (track)

Texas favorite Bell has a throaty, distinctive vocal style. Her records always perk up my ears. This outing is about young lovers graduating from high school. She recalls their courtship and vows to go all the way on their big night. I hung on every word. Her new collection is aptly titled Lone Star Songs and Stories Straight From the Heart of Texas.

 

Robert K. Oermann

Music Row

Nashville, TN

 

 


GLENNA BELL 
Lone Star-Songs & Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas:

It's a Texas thing, it's got to be. Recognized by the state as one of the state's musical treasures, Bell has songs that sound like they would inspire more suicides than early Leonard Cohen but she's actually smack dab in the heart of the Townes Van Zandt Texas troubadour tradition. Except for "Marie" or "Sanitarium Blues" she pretty much out Van Zandt's Van Zandt himself. Songs like this don't always inspire you to gargle with razor blades and it's sometimes nice to know you can get close to the edge as just another observer. Wild, deep stuff firmly in the literary tradition with no dust on it, here's a shining reason of why they love her so much on her natural stomping grounds. Check it out if you dare.

 

Chris Spector 

Midwest Record

Chicago, IL

Vinyl Is Here! Houston Show Tonight! NYC Review! - April 24, 2016

Hey, Everybody!

GREAT NEWS—At the end of the day Friday I happened to glance out my front window and, to my pleasant surprise, discovered a package containing the vinyl test copies of Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas.  It was quite an unforgettable experience to hear my music on vinyl for the first time Friday night!  In about a month I should have the real thing with the gorgeous cover by photographer, Amy Morris, and designer, Natali Leduc.  Some of you have been asking about vinyl, so now you know—only a few more weeks and we’ll be set to go

In the meantime, I want to remind all Houstonians that I’ll be playing this evening (April 24) from 8-9 p.m. at one of my favorite spots, Dean’s Downtown, with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle.  Dean’s is a historic, high-ceilinged, storefront venue facing Main Street where both Greg and I have enjoyed years of performing and memory making, including Houston Press music award showcases and the successful Sunday Night Houston Songwriter Series hosted by Andrew Karnavas. Dean’s has been through a variety of changes since it opened about twenty years ago and the new owners have invested in a stunning renovation, including an excellent new sound system, clearly testifying to their support of live music.  Dean’s, in fact, was the perfect place to entertain the New York music critic, Greg Victor, who published this extraordinary review of Lone Star a few weeks ago:

https://parcbench.live/2016/03/30/new-texas-tunes-glenna-bells-lone-star/

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It's Official: Lone Star Album Release - April 15, 2016

Hey, Everybody!

It’s a beautiful day here in Houston.  The birds are singing their age-old songs and the cool Gulf Coast breeze is whispering away in the trees out back.  Today marks yet another milestone in my musical journey.  The release of my new album, Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas, is official:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lone-star-songs-stories-straight/id1075515195

There is a flattering new review in Elmore Magazine that just came out today

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2016/04/reviews/albums/glenna-bell

--a lovely follow up to their April 12 exclusive premiere of my new music video, directed by Natali Leduc:

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2016/04/music-news/glenna-bell-takes-us-back-to-teen-love-with-tonights-the-night-we-graduate 

So far, the album has received a five-star review from the UK and fantastic reviews from Germany, New York City, Chicago, and more, which I will be sending out before long. 

The new record is already getting radio play on some really amazing programs, including Jon “Chip” Colcord’s acoustic-oriented syndicated show Out of the Woods

https://archive.org/details/OOTW20160402

and most recently Howard Thompson’s eclectic PURE Hype program, which aired today and will be archived for future listening:

WPKN Bridgeport, 89.5fm & streaming worldwide at www.wpkn.org

I’m also looking forward to two live shows in downtown Houston on Tuesday (April 19) at La Carafe from 9:30-11:30 p.m. and at Dean’s Downtown (April 24) from 8-9 p.m.

And there’s A LOT more on the horizon TBA soon . . .

Exciting times. 

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Music Video World Premiere Today! - April 12, 2016

Hey, Everybody!  I’m pleased to announce that today begins the premier of my new music video, “Tonight’s the Night (We Graduate)” from my new album, Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas

The video is directed by multidisciplinary French-Canadian artist, Natali Leduc, and features a cast of talented teen actors from the HITS theater school here in Houston, co-starring my dear friend Elmer George, straight off the streets of Houston’s Second Ward. 

We shot these scenes on location in my neighborhood at the shadowy-sunshiny edge of downtown Houston, and I love the fleeting moments of beauty, simplicity and authenticity of life that we managed to capture here in this historic inner-city enclave as it recedes gently into the past, washed away by the inevitable tides of gentrification.

The song is a teenage romance, set on the eve of high school graduation—a story of life-long friends soon to be parted as they prepare to embark on that mysterious, universal journey.

I dedicate the video to two real-life friends I’ll never forget: “Abbie [Evans] and Eddie [Gallaher] who will always be young.” 

I am ever thankful to everyone who contributed to this project and to those who helped make it happen, and to Elmore Magazine for hosting this exclusive premier:

http://www.elmoremagazine.com/2016/04/music-news/glenna-bell-takes-us-back-to-teen-love-with-tonights-the-night-we-graduate

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Over Half a Million Spotify Streams in December! - March 6, 2016

GREAT NEWS!  "Be My Valentine (On Christmas)" made over half a million streams via Spotify during December 2015!  AND 194,000 Spotify streams for the 2014 holiday--that's about 700,000 streams in two consecutive seasons!  Let's celebrate!!

AND my new album, Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas, is set for release on April 15.  CD's are here.  Vinyl is on the way!  

AND the iTunes link is live!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/lone-star-songs-stories-straight/id1075515195

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Downtown Houston Historic Bar & Lounge on Sunday - January 29, 2016

Dean’s Credit Clothing

January 31, 2016

8-10 p.m.

316 Main Street

Houston, TX 77002 

www.deansdowntown.com/

 Videos:

http://deansdowntown.com/houston-songwriter-series/

 Hey, Everybody!  I’m back in Houston and the new year is off to a very busy start, so here’s a quick note just to say that I’ll be performing a set at Dean’s Credit Clothing on Main Street in Downtown Houston this Sunday evening with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle.  Dean’s is a newly renovated, gorgeous old building with amazing architecture, ambiance, and many musical memories, including the recent songwriter series that became a big success thanks to Andrew Karnavas and the good ol’ times when Greg Henkel and I played Houston Press Music Awards showcases at Dean’s as Greg’s band and I were finalists in a friendly competition for “Best Folk” on more than one occasion.  Then or now, it’s always good to get back to Dean’s.  So if you’re in Houston this Sunday . . .

Y’all come! 

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