Join us Tuesday March 13, 2018, at 8:50 a.m. to experience a special musical opening,Soundtrack of America: Made in Tennessee performed by Bill and the Belles. Bill and the Belles offer a "contemporary re-imagining of a bygone era, a vocal-centric performance that breathes new life into the sounds of early country music". They will be the opening to keynote speaker Kevin Triplett, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development presentation on Soundtrack of America: Made in Tennessee.
Bill and the Belles perfectly exemplify a central theme created by the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development Soundtrack of America: Made in Tennessee. Highlighting Tennessee’s rich musical heritage, the Tennessee Department of Tourism incorporated Soundtrack of America: Made in Tennessee to tie together the important progress made to increase tourism to the state of Tennessee.
What began as a project to explore the space created between hillbilly and urban, between vaudeville and down home, has arrived somewhere entirely new. Bill and the Belles offers a contemporary reimagining of a bygone era, a vocal-centric performance that breathes new life into the sounds of early country music. At the foothills of the Blue Ridge and the forefront of old-time music, Bill and the Belles continue to further the music traditions of their region. From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a Bill and the Belles show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented.
Bill and the Belles play alongside America’s top roots music artists as the house band for the historic radio program Farm and Fun Time presented by Radio Bristol and the Birthplace of Country Music. Lifelong musicians Kris Truelsen, Grace Van’t Hof, Kalia Yeagle, and Karl Zerfas bring to the stage an uplifting show unlike any other, full of humor, high spirits, and all-around revelry. It’s clear this group shares a rare musical connection and deep love for the music, and their excitement is contagious.