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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/

Y’all come!

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. 

Y’all come!

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

Y’all come! 

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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Read all about it here NOW:

http://www.markpuccimedia.com/?p=2495

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! 

Listen Online: NYC/NJ Live Radio Show Link - January 15, 2016

Historic La Carafe

January 19, 2016

9:30-11:30 p.m.

813 Congress Ave

Houston, TX 77002

with Greg Henkel (on his incredible viofiddle!)

Hey, Everybody!

I’m back in Houston and looking forward to another third Tuesday at historic La Carafe, downtown with Greg Henkel.

In the meantime, here’s a link to a lovely memory on the air last Saturday morning with Jerry Treacy on WFDU radio, broadcasting in NYC from NJ:

http://wfdu.streamrewind.com/bookmarks/listen/135322/crash-on-the-levee

Once the dust settled, I had a chance to hear not only my part but Jerry’s entire program and he is playing some great new material, including releases from Aretha Franklin, Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely, and Billy Gibbons! 

I hope that you will listen to the whole show because I really think that you’ll enjoy it, but if you don’t have the time at the moment, the program archive will be active for a few more days.  

Just click on January 9, “Crash on the Levee.”  If you click “fifteen minutes” six times, you can go directly to the beginning of my segment.

Y’all come!

Listen Live on WFDU Saturday, January 9! - January 8, 2016

Listen Live Tomorrow Morning (Saturday January 9) from 10-11 a.m. EST

To the Crash on the Levee radio show with host, Jerry Treacy!

http://www.wfdu.fm/Hosts/crash%20on%20the%20levee/

 

Hey, Everybody!  Happy New Year!

 

The CD release party in Houston on December 30 was a magical experience.  Many thanks to everyone who came out to make it so special and to all those everywhere who called, emailed, and sent cards and flowers to say congratulations and express well wishes for the new album—Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas—my beautiful new year’s baby. 

 

I’m on the East Coast now in the township of Kearny, NJ where memorable scenes from the Sopranos were filmed, just across the river from NYC, and the town is quite quaint and still decorated for the holidays, a lovely atmosphere amidst which to work on the release, which I have been doing pretty much all day every day for days. 

 

Last week, I enjoyed a live appearance on Big Kev’sRoots, Rock, Revolution show on WLVR in scenic Bethlehem, PA.  We played songs from the new release and talked about the process of making the album, which was my idea thanks to the classical station I’ve been listening to in Houston most every morning.  What I most like about what they do is that they bring composers and classical musicians on the air and, rather than having them perform live, the host plays a high-quality, fully representational recording of their music and then they embark on a captivating interview that usually ranges from some somewhat personal questions to questions about these artists’ approach to music much the way a writer, director, actor, or visual artist would get a chance, not to perform live but to speak intelligently about his or her work.  Thanks, Big Kev, for embracing this novel perspective—I love it!

 

I’m looking forward to visiting Jerry Treacy on WFDU radio in Teaneck, NJ tomorrow morning from 10 - 11 a.m. EST.  I’ve admired Jerry’s programming for several years now and have had the pleasure of being on his show at the historic Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) station and of having been introduced on stage in NYC by Jerry when I performed there a few years ago.  I am honored to be a guest again on Crash on the Levee, and I hope that you will tune in for the NJ/NYC broadcast debut of Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas.

 

Y’all come!

 

In the meantime, here is a brief excerpt from the WFDU site to give you a feel for Jerry’s show:

 

Jerry Treacy started working at WFDU in the early 90s as the host of Crash on the Levee, an eclectic and unique mix of weekend Music America. The program takes its title from the legendary “Basement Tapes” recordings from Bob Dylan and The Band, whose sessions were typical of the spontaneity and unbounded enthusiasm that Jerry has for the music. Although the listener can always count on hearing the latest singer-songwriters, the playlist covers the span of the folk, blues, country, Cajun and zydeco genres from its beginnings to the latest releases.

 

And, for those "readers" out there, here are some excerpts from WFDU's detailed “History” page that elucidate the fascinating saga of the behind the scenes “David and Goliath” battle that was waged throughout the 1960’s between New York University (NYU) and Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) over WFDU, whose antenna ended up on the Armstrong Tower in Alpine, NJ—the site of the word’s first FM radio transmitter built by “Major” Edwin Howard Armstrong, the inventor of FM radio:

 

"On August 30th 1971 at 12 noon, WFDU-FM began broadcasting to the New York metro area and has maintained its eclectic, non-commercial approach to music programming not heard up the radio dial.

 

In the Spring of 1962 broadcasting began with the call letters WFDU-AM  – The Voice of Fairleigh Dickinson University. We were able to go on air several hours a day broadcasting to the Commons during the day and to the dorms in the evenings. Our programming consisted of playing music, reading news from local newspapers, and occasionally interviewing a faculty member, politician or student."  It was then thought that maybe FDU could have an FM station and be able to broadcast to commuting students as well as dorm students on all three New Jersey campuses.

 

A couple of months later a report came back that although there weren't any available FM stations in the area, there was one frequency that was allotted to the U.N. and never used for 10 years. 


In 1963-64, the FCC decided to allow any educational institution to apply to use the 89.1MHz United Nations frequency.


A preliminary application was made after discussion with U.N. representatives. However, New York University (NYU) also had been working on an agreement with the U.N. for use of the channel. The FCC ruled that the U.N. could not “surrender its license to the channel without accepted, competitive applications.”

 

As of mid 1967, exhibits had been exchanged and a hearing was scheduled for October 17th. The NYU proposal stated that “NYU’s case is strong,” citing a “history of campus radio stations going back to the 1930’s and 1940’s” as well as a “communications curricula going back to the 1920’s.” It also noted that NYU is already geared up for FM operations. One of the most telling indicators that NYU was ready to play legal hard ball was NYU’s intention to call every single FDU witness (26 in all) for cross examination, at FDU’s time and expense, at a hearing scheduled for December 1967.

 

The FDU proposal stated that NYU and the Broadcast Bureau would oppose any FDU witnesses . . . The proposal also recommended that share-channel operations be discussed, noting that the Broadcast Bureau wondered why it hasn’t already been discussed and added that the National Association of Educational Broadcasters (NAEB) dislikes fights between Universities.

 

In an article in the “Hudson Dispatch” (dated 9/29/67) Dean Marinus Galanti likened the battle of FDU versus NYU to that of David and Goliath. On November 17, 1967, representatives from FDU and NYU met to discuss the possibility of sharing the U.N. channel. This meeting was subsequent to one held between FDU’s President Fuller and NYU’s President Hester. They concluded that any decision would come from the students in charge of the project.

 

On October 7, 1968, FDU President Fuller sent a letter to the Board of Trustees summarizing the FM Proceedings. He noted that the share-time arrangement with NYU must be finalized by October 15th or the “operate every other day” plan would become the decision. President Fuller admitted that some students and alumni were taking “a hard line” and insisting that the case be appealed.  He suggested that both FDU and NYU send a letter to the Commission indicating they agree not to appeal the case and will work toward a shared time agreement but noted that was unacceptable to NYU.

 

In the November 1968 “Monitor,” Vic Wheatman reported the first meeting concerning the shared-time decision was held October 25th. Counterparts from the two universities discussed a Monday-Wednesday-Friday and a month of Sundays schedule at each station. The plan would switch the days after one year. The basis for this arrangement was that both FDU and NYU would operate from the transmitter and tower to be erected on NYU’s University Heights campus. Ironically, FDU agreed to this plan, as opposed to using the Alpine Tower.

 

On November 7, 1968, the transmitter plan fell apart when NYU proposed building a tower at an estimated cost of $75,000.00 and suggested FDU pay a yearly rental fee of $30,000.00, meaning that in two and a half years, NYU would recoup its investment. FDU had gotten an estimate of $600.00 a year to use the Alpine Tower.

 

Another meeting was slated for Monday, November 18th. It was recommended that FDU decline the NYU transmitter offer and instead investigate two other possibilities, Alpine Tower or WJRZ’s antenna in Hackensack. However, by declining it was believed NYU would feel forced to appeal the share-time decision. 

 

On January 22, 1969, a reply brief was filed with the FCC on behalf of NYU laying out its reasoning for its request of exclusive use of channel 206 and refuting matters raised by FDU in earlier proceedings.

 

On August 29, 1969, the FCC’s Review Board released its decision affirming the Examiner’s decision to order FDU and NYU to share the channel. The Board found no basis to prefer one applicant over the other and rejected NYU’s bid for exclusive use of the channel, while acknowledging that its share-time resolution was a novel outcome. This case was the first of its kind and became the basis for subsequent cases involving competing noncommercial educational applicants. The Board directed the parties to submit a written share-time agreement to the Board or face additional proceedings that would become the basis of a Board imposed arrangement. On May 25, 1970, the parties executed the Share-Time Agreement that is the basis of their operations today. The call letters “WFDU” were requested by Fairleigh Dickinson University on October 13, 1970 and were formally assigned by the FCC on November 25th.

 

There is an addendum to the story, one that explains how and why WFDU-FM ended up with the broadcasting hours they have. It was provided by Frank Murphy, a student at FDU, who also was involved in the creation of WFDU-FM.

 

He wrote, “Vic Wheatman, David West, Bob Stotts (the FDU Student Activities Director) and I worked on convincing the university that the FM license was a good idea. After getting the initial release of the frequency from the United Nations, the FCC declared that both applications (FDU and NYU) had merit and decided to “cut the baby in half” to be fair to both. When negotiations between student committees from both FDU and NYU were unable to reach agreement on broadcasting hours, the administration took over.”

 

Mr. Murphy recalls that NYU was adamant about having the weekday evening hours because they wanted programming that would reach “the largest possible audience of NYU students and alumni.” FDU felt that daytime hours would provide the “opportunity to do some academic programming (possibly airing courses) and the basis for courses structured around a possible communications curriculum. Add to this the willingness of NYU to give up the weekends, which opened up the possibility to broadcast FDU sports, it pretty much sealed the weekday daytime, full weekend time share deal for FDU. 

 

Mr. Murphy also recalled discussion between FDU and NYU sharing a transmitter and said various options were explored, including the possibility of installing a transmitter antenna on the west tower of the George Washington Bridge. However, engineering challenges and a high rental fee quoted by the Port Authority, ended the idea. NYU opted to locate its transmitter at their satellite campus, called University Heights, in the Bronx.

 

Ironically, the campus was sold a few years later to Bronx Community College, but the transmitter still operates from there. FDU’s antenna ended up on the Armstrong Tower in Alpine, New Jersey, where it remains today. That tower is the site of the world’s first FM radio transmitter, built by “Major” Edwin Howard Armstrong, the inventor of FM radio. And so, Bergen County’s first full power FM station took to the air in an historic manner."

 

Wow!  What a story.  Now THAT's history!

CD Release Party in Houston! - December 26, 2015

Hey, Everbody!

My new CD’s should be arriving in town on Monday or Tuesday, so I have decided to host a get together at my house in Houston to celebrate the forthcoming release and the beginning of a new year this Wednesday evening (December 30) between 6-11 p.m.  I will have signed copies of Lone Star: Songs and Stories Straight from the Heart of Texas and light refreshments.  Please reply for more details, i.e. my address, parking, etc. Happy New Year! 

Y'all come!

2 Holiday Shows This Week + New Album Update! - December 14, 2015

Hey, Everybody!  I’m writing to remind all the Houston people that I’ll be at La Carafe on Congress tomorrow evening--December 15 from 9:30-11:30—AND I'll be at Dean's Credit Clothing on Main Street Sunday evening, December 20 from 8-10 with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle and a surprise guest on upright bass!  

Both of these places are favorites of mine, classic spots full of Houston history, personal memories, and ambience.  Downtown is all dressed up for the holidays and parking is easy on Tuesdays and Sundays.  The weather is supposed to be gorgeous as it is today, cool and crisp, maybe in the mid to high sixties!

Thanks to everyone who has recently signed up for the newsgroup and to those who have written me about my new holiday release, “Christmas Is Coming.”  I’m glad that you're enjoying the song.  The new album has gone to manufacturing.  It looks and sounds SO GOOD!  CD's and digital downloads/streams will be available soon at iTunes, Spotify, etc.  AND there will be vinyl!  

I'll be on the East Coast New Year's Day with more adventures in music on the horizon--exciting times ahead!  Until then, I'm wishing everyone everywhere all the best of this holiday season.  And don't forget –

Christmas Is Coming - Listen Here!

Y'all come!

Pre-Release Holiday Single! - November 6, 2015

November is here and so is the new pre-release holiday single, Christmas Is Coming! Check it out online in all the usual places for digital download and streaming.

Christmas Is Coming - Listen Here!  

The art work is beautiful!  It is by the talented French-Canadian artist, Natali Leduc. 

The album will be released in Spring 2016.  To receive occasional updates on all of this and more, sign up for the bi-monthly music newsletter in the top, left corner.

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La Carafe Tuesday + New Album Update - September 14, 2015

Hey, Everybody!  Great news.  I recently received the final mixes of the songs on my new album via Hightail from Fred Kevorkian Mastering, Inc. in NYC and they sound fantastic!  It is certainly a milestone moment. 
We are "getting close" now with a record release planned for Spring 2016 and a prerelease Christmas single coming out in October along with a new video by the artist, Natali Leduc, to announce the arrival of the full album in the New Year.  I can hardly wait for you to hear/see it! 
But in the meantime, I am looking forward to more shows at La Carafe, which seems to have become my "exclusive venue of choice" these days with a regular show there every third Tuesday of the month. 
If you are in the area this week, I hope to see you.  If not, then I wish you a pleasant and enjoyable month of September wherever you may be.  The weather here in Houston is gorgeous and Fall is most certainly "in the air."  Exciting times . . . 
Y’all come!

Photo Shoot! - July 11, 2015

Hey, Everybody!  I'm basking in the afterglow of a lovely day with Mark Abernathy who is producing the new album in Austin and made a trip to my house in Houston via the Metrobus to do a photo shoot here that then moved a few blocks away to historic La Carafe, Downtown.  The proofs are quite striking.  Yes, I said proofs.  Mark is a real deal old school photographer who uses film and the entire "dark room" process!

I'm working hard to get this new album off the ground.  It is exciting to see it come to fruition, and I'm looking forward to unveiling  the final result, which I believe will be "classic."

 

In the meantime, I'll be at Khon's here in Houston tomorrow night.  Greg Henkel will be accompanying me, and I am really looking forward to that.  I hope to see you there if you are here this weekend.

Y'all come! 

Can We Auto-Correct Humanity? - June 25, 2015

Hey, Everybody!  I just received this video link from ASCAP:

http://illusionofmore.com/humanity-auto-correct/

And I'm so glad that I took a minute to view it.  I hope that you will too!  The message is worth passing on.

Y'all come!

Houston Tuesday + Album Update! - June 14, 2015

Tuesday June 16, 2015

9:30-11:30 p.m.

with Greg Henkel (Viofiddle)

@ Historic La Carafe

on the Downtown Market Square

813 Congress Ave

Houston, Texas 77002

USA

Hey, Everybody! I’m back in Houston again after another week in Austin, working on finishing my new album.  The rough mixes are sounding GREAT with an all-star line up of some of Austin’s top tier musicians playing rhythm, bass, guitar, and steel guitar parts behind me and my little Songbird, Odetta. The songs range in theme and mood from a moving cover of the famous ballad, “Everybody’s Changing” (Keane)—featuring an enchanting piano part recorded in England by the writer himself, Tim Rice-Oxley—to a brand new, all-original, eight-bar Blues, featuring Johnny Nicholas on a boogie piano part that sounds as if it comes straight from the woods of my family home in deep East Texas.  I’m beginning to set up live shows for the release, so please let me know if you have ideas and/or would like for me to make a stop in your town when the album drops.  In the meantime, I’ll continue to keep you posted on the recording process and record release.  And if you’re in the Houston area this Summer and/or Fall, I hope that you will stop by historic La Carafe, Downtown on Market Square on a third Tuesday, catch some of the new songs, and enjoy a nice cold one under the downtown lights.  Now, you can’t beat that on a Tuesday night in H-Town.  Y’all come!

3rd Tuesdays at La Carafe . . . 813 Congress . . . Houston, Texas 77002

Convenient, free street parking after 6 p.m.

Nice outdoor seating/smoking tables facing scenic Market Square.

Good wines and beers.  Friendly, down-to earth-service. 

Casual but classy.

Possibly haunted.

Best classic jukebox in town between live sets!

Bring cash.  Their original, antique cash register predates plastic!

Houston Tonight, Austin on the Horizon - May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015

9:30-11:30 p.m.

@ Historic La Carafe

on the Downtown Market Square

813 Congress Ave

Houston, Texas 77002

USA (713) 229-9399

Hey, Everybody!  I’m back in Houston on the heels of a whirlwind trip to Austin in preparation to finish my album out there in a couple of weeks!  Most memorable moments were getting to sit at the piano with Mark Abernathy, the talented producer I met in NYC a couple of years ago, and going over some of the material for the new record; hanging out late on the Lamar strip in the parking lot of the good old Saxon Pub with Mark and my songwriter friend from Houston, Jimmy Pizzitola, after being treated to a raucous, down-home performance by our buddies, Mason Lankford and the Folk Family Revival; and spending a magical afternoon at the famous Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin, sharing coffee and conversation with someone very special who has graced the album with a signature piano part that I believe you will love as much as I do when you hear it.  I’ve been doing a lot of writing, too, and am looking forward to debuting some of the new songs tonight at La Carafe with Greg Henkel backing me on his incredible viofiddle and dear Daniel serving up the drinks and good cheer behind the oldest, most beloved bar in Houston . . .  As always, there is no place like home.  Y’all come!

La Carafe . . . 813 Congress . . . Houston, Texas 77002

Convenient, free street parking after 6 p.m.

Nice outdoor seating/smoking tables facing scenic Market Square.

Good wines and beers.  Friendly, down-to earth-service. 

Casual but classy.

Possibly haunted.

Best classic jukebox in town between live sets!

Bring cash.  Their original, antique cash register predates plastic!

194,000 Streams on Spotify! - April 2, 2015

Great news, Everybody!

It feels like Christmas in April as I have received word from my distributor that my song, "Be My Valentine (On Christmas)," received a record number of streams during the Christmas holidays -- approximately 194,000 people listened after Spotify decided to include the song on their special holiday playlist!

And now it's almost Easter.  I feel a bit like Loretta Lynn, but word travels slowly in the digital world, so I hear.  It certainly is a wonderful surprise in any case. 

Wherever you are and whatever you do, I'm wishing you a most enjoyable and relaxing holiday weekend of happy memories in the making with family and friends -- and a new year filled with pleasant surprises.

Y'all come!

Featured Music in Live Theater Debut! - March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 24
9:30-11:30 p.m.
@ La Carafe, Downtown
813 Congress Ave
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 229-9399
with Greg Henkel
(viofiddle)

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/article/La-Carafe-is-rich-with-Texas-history-3717510.php

Hey, Everybody!

I'm back in Houston on the heels of another annual Austin adventure.  Thanks to everyone who made the showcases such a success, especially radio host, Big Kev, who so graciously invited me to participate in his 6th annual radiothon, which once again turned out to be "most excellent" and will be broadcast on Kev's station, WLVR, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania this Spring.  I'll keep you posted and send out a link when the performance airs.

In the meantime, I'm looking forward to another great time tonight at La Carafe, Downtown with Greg Henkel on his incredible viofiddle.

AND GUESS WHAT --

One of my songs, "Shiner Bock & ZZ Top," has become the cornerstone of a new short play!

"Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company and Wordsmyth Theatre proudly present Museum of Dysfunction VII: A Showcase of Shorts. The seventh installment of our annual short play festival features pieces by new playwrights from across the nation and produced by the wonderfully talented Mildred’s Umbrella Company and friends. With over 200 submissions this year, we’ve chosen 20 of the best to bring new voices to Houston audiences."

DETAILS: Museum of Dysfunction VII: A Showcase of Shorts

WHEN:  March 26-28 

WHERE: Studio 101
1824 Spring St.
Houston, TX 77007

I've seen my plays staged but never had my music featured in a stage play, so this should be an exciting "first time" for me.  The short by Hattie Whelan is quite a compelling piece of drama addressing the often vicious politics that unfold behind the ivy walls of the nation's ivory towers.  Highly recommended!

Here's a link to Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company:

http://www.mildredsumbrella.com/

Y'all come!

New Live Video--The Cougar Anthem! - February 6, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB0h9XDij9A&feature=youtu.be

Hey, Everybody! Andrew Karnavas, who produces the popular Houston Songwriter Series at Dean's Credit Clothing, Downtown, sent me this link the other day, tagged "wonderful performance." Very flattering, especially coming from Andrew, and I must say that I am quite happy to have captured a "perfect rendition" of my Cougar Anthem, as I imagine the song to be delivered--with all of the comic relief intended when I wrote it as a counterpoint to the tragic Southern Gothic Wedding Waltz for my album, Perfectly Legal: Songs of Sex, Love, and Murder. What I like most about this performance at Dean’s is its minimalism (just me and my guitar, Odetta) and the humor and good fun that we were able to deliver, for I see the song as a light-hearted parody of a social trend I was observing a few years ago when USA Today named the track one of the top ten singles of the week:

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/music/reviews/2010-11-08-listenup_TB_N.htm

And for your listening pleasure, I have also posted that raucous recording at www.glennabell.com along with a picture of fellow songwriters, Mason Lankford, Tom Lynch, and me posing in front of Dean's on Main Street about a hundred years ago.

Thanks to everybody who came out to the Dean's showcase last month and to Khon's in Midtown last weekend. I enjoyed meeting those of you who have recently joined the newsletter group after discovering my music via KPFT radio in Houston.

I'll be back at historic La Carafe in Downtown Houston on Tuesday, February 17, and I will hope to see all you Houstonites there to celebrate another mild and pleasant Gulf Coast winter!

 Y'all come!

Houston: Khon's in Midtown Tonight! - January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30
Khon’s Wine and Coffee Bar
10-midnight
2808 Milam in Midtown
(near downtown)
free, lighted parking lot up front
romantic skyline view . . .

Hey, Everybody!  It’s turning out to be quite a busy new year, so here’s a quick reminder that I’ll be at Khon’s tonight in Midtown Houston—an ideal spot to relax and unwind.  I’ve whiled away more than one Sunday evening at Khon’s, enjoying live classic jazz and have attended a diverse array of art openings and performances by local and touring acts through the years at this little place that reminds me of Manhattan, independently owned, where the bartender always listens and people are friendly.  Tonight, I play from 10-midnight.  There’s a convenient, lighted FREE parking lot right up front.  And we will have a delightful time as always. 

Y’all come!

Houston: Sun & Tues Evening Appearances - January 10, 2015

Scroll down for Show Times and Locations . . .

Happy New Year, Everybody!  I hope it’s turning out to be a good one for you so far.  It’s pretty cold for Houston, raining and gray, but it’s nice and warm here in my old house at the edge of the city.  I’ve been singing to my dogs and playing the blues and reading Woody Guthrie’s autobiographical Bound for Glory—what an incredible, inspiring piece of American literature that I only wish I’d discovered sooner—and enjoying doing some cooking and some songwriting, too.

On the heels of the holidays, Greg Henkel (viofiddle) and I took a rather archetypal road trip from Houston through the land of frozen fields and cattle, going north of Dallas to Denton, Texas near Oklahoma, where we played to a receptive, young “listening audience” at a packed out college house party and “headlined” for an incredibly high-energy, female fronted indie band (Hen and the Cocks) that literally rocked the house.  The whole experience was quite an adventure and had the feel of the folk/blues revival of the sixties, I think.

Now, I’m in the process of planning an advance screening of my new music video, which should be a lot of fun for the teen actors, their families, and friends and for everyone who was involved in the production.  In the meantime, I’m glad to be getting back to some of my favorite Houston spots this month, including Dean’s (Downtown—January 11), La Carafe (Downtown—January 13), Khon’s (Midtown—January 30, details forthcoming), and more.  I’ll be keeping you posted, as always, and wishing you all the best of life in 2015.  Y’all come!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dean's Credit Clothing

Downtown Songwriter in the Round: 8-10 p.m.

316 Main St.
Houston Texas 77002
US 713-227-3326

Filmed and recorded live in this gorgeous, artistically renovated venue located in the historic Dean’s storefront building on Main Street.  Hosted by Andrew Karnavas.  A first-class showcase experience with full bar service and luxurious couches, tapestries, and intimate coffee table arrangements. 

Featuring

Glenna Bell

Mason Lankford

Tom Lynch 

. . .  trading songs and swapping stories.

You can check out a video of me doing “Poor Girl” and videos of some of Houston’s finest singer songwriters here:

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

 

AND . . . Tuesday, January 13, 2015

La Carafe, Downtown Market Square

Featured Guest Appearance:  10-11 p.m.

813 Congress Ave

Houston Texas 77002

USA (713) 229-9399

Welcoming another New Year and many more memories in the making at dear old La Carafe this Tuesday evening.  Hosted by Jimmy Pizzitola.

Featuring

Glenna Bell: guitar and vocals

Greg Henkel: viofiddle

Gary Clark: resonator guitar

Historic La Carafe . . . a Houston Landmark Destination

Convenient free street parking in the downtown theater district after 6 p.m.

Nice outdoor seating/smoking tables facing scenic Market Square

Good wines and beers.  Friendly, down-to-earth, “old-school” service

Independently owned since the dawn of time

Casual but classy with candlelit tables indoors

Possibly haunted

Best classic jukebox in town between live sets

Bring cash.  The original, antique cash register predates plastic!

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