The Belleville Roots Music Newsroom

6/2/17Molly Tuttle Releases New Album

Since appearing at Belleville in 2013 as one of our "Rising Stars", Molly has graduated from Berklee School of Music and has earned critical acclaim in the bluegrass and acoustic music worlds for several years. Her just-released album Rise showcases her singing, songwriting, and guitar-picking skills.

2/17/17Gibson Brothers Release New Bluegrass Album

Two-time Belleville performers (Sept 2013, Apr 2016), The Gibson Brothers have released their new CD In The Ground on Rounder Records. The collection of original songs written by Leigh and Eric has already received much critical acclaim.

1/09/17Massachusetts Cultural Commission Awards Grant to Belleville Roots

For the second year in a row, Belleville Roots has received a $300 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Commission to assist with audience development.

Molly Tuttle performing with an acoustic guitar and microphone
2016 IBMA Momentum Award Winner 12/06/16

Rising Star Molly Tuttle (Belleville, Nov 2013) was awarded a Momentum Award for instrumentalist of the year from the International Bluegrass Music Association. The Momentum Awards are given to artists in the early stages of their careers, in the hope of providing them momentum in continuing to climb.

Sierra Hull seated on a carpet playing a mandolin
Sierra Hull Garners Grammy Nomination for Best Folk Album 11/04/16

Sierra Hull's latest album, Weighted Mind, was just nominated for a Grammy as Best Folk Album of 2016! Sierra performed at Belleville in Oct 2012.

Bill Kirchen and Cactus Blossoms band standing outside
"Titan of the Telecaster" Bill Kirchen Releases New Album 10/27/16

Bill Kirchen (Belleville, Dec 2012) released a new record, Transatlanticana with Austin De Lone in August 2016. It charted at #10 the first week in October and has spent 6 weeks now in the Top 20 on Americana Radio. Here's a photo of Bill with the Cactus Blossoms (Belleville, Oct 2015) at last month's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.

Sierra Hull receiving award
International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Have9/29/16
Belleville Connections!

Ken Irwin, co-founder of Rounder Records and Belleville Roots Music Series committee member, was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame at its annual awards show.
Oct 2012 Belleville performer Sierra Hull received the 2016 Mandolin Player of the Year award from the IBMA.

Congratulations to both of them!

Ruthie Foster singing
Ruthie Foster wins Koko Taylor Award5/05/16
(Traditional Blues Female) again!

Two time Belleville artist Ruthie Foster (Dec 2012, Sept 2015) wins Koko Taylor Award for the second year in a row!

Pine Leaf Boys
Pine Leaf Boys take their music abroad5/03/16

Belleville performers Pine Leaf Boys (Nov 2015) will embark on two U.S. State Department Tours in June: Croatia and Slovenia (Jun 2-8), and Turkey (Jun 28-30).

Doug Seegers
Doug Seegers Records New Album 3/30/16

Former street musician and 2014 Belleville performer Doug Seegers recorded a new album in Nashville in January, which is scheduled to be released in Scandanavia in late May. Walking on the Edge of the World is expected to be released in the US sometime later this year.

Quebe sisters band of three sisters posing in a wooded area
NPR recognizes Quebe Sisters 3/01/16

The Quebe Sisters, who dazzled us with their brand of Western Swing in April 2015, have been named one of "100 Artists to Watch" at this year's SXSW festival in Austin in March by National Public Radio Music.

Sierra Hull new album cover
Sierra Hull's new album hits the top of the charts! 2/20/16

Belleville performer (Oct 2012) Sierra Hull's new album Weighted Mind, produced by Bela Fleck and featuring vocal guests Alison Krauss and Abigail Washburn (among others), was number one on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart for the first three weeks following its release.

Prairie Home Companion features 2 Belleville acts 2/13/16

The Cactus Blossoms and Della Mae both performed on Prairie Home Companion on February 13, 2016.

Group Della Mae
Congratulations, Della Mae! 2/09/16

Della Mae's Boston Town has been nominated for 2015 Song of the Year by Folk Alliance International. The all-woman bluegrass/folk group is a two-time performer with Belleville Roots, first in 2011 and again in 2015.

Ruthie Foster holding a guitar
Congratulations, Ruthie! 1/26/16

Two-time Belleville performer Ruthie Foster has been nominated for the Koko Taylor Award for Best Traditional Female Blues Artist, her sixth consecutive blues award nomination.

The Cactus Blossoms album cover
The Cactus Blossoms Release New Record 1/15/16

Brother-duo and past Belleville performers The Cactus Blossoms have just released a new record on the Red House label. The record, You're Dreaming, was produced by another Belleville artist, JD McPherson, and was named by Rolling Stone magazine as one to the top 35 most anticipated country albums of 2016.

Belleville Roots Featured in Local Magazine 1/15/16

The Belleville Roots Concert Series is featured in the January/February 2016 issue of the Merrimack Valley Magazine. The article's author quotes one loyal fan, "I originally came to support the church, but the music was so good that I kept returning."





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