November 23, 2019


Abby the Spoon Lady, Martha Spencer, Kelly Breiding, Matt Morelock & Ferd, Sally & George, Lucky 5, ETSU Old-Time Band Also on Dec. 11 Bill

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C.—Bill & The Belles, the house band for Radio Bristol’s show Farm and Fun Time that features such roots icons as Marty Stuart, the Fabulous Superlatives, Del McCoury and Earles of Leicester, brings its authentic early country music sound to White Horse Black Mountain for a special Christmas concert entitled Jingle Bell Jamboree on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The show also will feature special guests including Abby the Spoon Lady, Martha Spencer and Kelly Breiding (Kelly and the Cowboys), Matt Morelock and Ferd, Sally and George, the Lucky 5 and the Eastern Tennessee State University Old-Time Band.

Tickets are priced at $20 in advance and $22 on the day of the event. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, go to or call 828-669-0816.

With their enchanting debut album, Dreamsongs, Etc., Bill and the Belles have captured the freewheeling, lighthearted approach to music that has endeared them to listeners of every generation. With a spirited sound that falls somewhere between old-time country and vaudeville, the group puts its own spin on a golden era of music, specifically the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

The band, which is comprised of Truelsen (guitar, vocals), Kalia Yeagle (fiddle, vocals), Helena Hunt (banjo, ukulele, vocals) and Andrew Small (bass), takes its name from Bill and Belle Reed, performers from the 1920s who recorded the songs “Old Lady and the Devil” and “You Shall Be Free” in Johnson City, Tenn.

In 2015, Bill and the Belles stepped into the role of house band upon the launch of a live radio show, Farm and Fun Time, presented by Radio Bristol. Truelsen launched that community radio station, housed within the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Tennessee.

One of the most prominent artists with ties to the area is Jimmie Rodgers, known as the Father of Country Music. DreamSongs, Etc. includes superb renditions of his compositions “Carolina Sunshine Gal” and “Tuck Away My Lonesome Blues,” which fit neatly into the album’s overall vibe.

Abby the Spoon Lady (Abby Roach), a local Appalachian treasure and social media phenomenon, has carved out a remarkable career as an American Roots musician, radio personality and free speech activist. She first started street performing and busking to finance your travels across the United States, primarily hopping freight trains. Today, Abby hosts storytelling events where she discusses the lifestyle of the American hobo.

As a performer, Abby plays a wide range of music, a mix of Americana, early jazz, ragtime, country blues, jug band, Western Swing, Vaudeville and Appalachian folk. In 2014, she helped form a group called the Asheville Buskers Collective, which promotes street performance within the city. Earlier in 2012 , Abby appeared in the horror film, Jug Face, playing her spoons. Then in 2015, she was filmed for Buskin’ Blues, a documentary about the street performance scene in Asheville. Abby also hosts a radio show on WSFM in Asheville called Busker Broadcast.

Spencer is a singer-songwriter, mountain musician and dancer from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. She grew up in the musical Spencer family and learned to play several instruments (guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, dulcimer, mandolin) and flatfoot/clog at a young age. She has played shows, festivals and led workshops across the US, Australia, UK, and Europe. Martha just released a solo album which has been included in articles in Rolling Stone Country, Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Americana Highways, PopMatters and more.

Breiding, band leader, vocalist and guitarist for the popular group, Kelly and The Cowboys, is a native of North Carolina who has been hailed by many as "the new queen of country music." In 2001, Kelley began making a name for herself as an award-winning banjo player and member of the Old-Time band, Back-Step, and after forming Kelley and The Cowboys in 2005, quickly became known for her soaring voice as well. Kelley has also performed with several well-known artists such as Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan, and Deacon John, and has also shared the bill with Jim Lauderdale, Dale Watson, The Quebe Sisters, and Ralph Stanley. She was also nominated in 2013 for "Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year" by the Ameripolitan music awards of Austin, Texas.

Moreland is a 23-year-old singer/songwriter from Garner, N.C. His five-track EP Paper Hearts was released in 2016, followed by his single "Cold" the following year. Planes, his second EP, as well as his new single "ZONING", are available now.

The Nashville-based duo, Sally and George, consists of Joel Timmons on guitar, percussion and vocals and Grammy-nominated Shelby Means playing upright bass and singing. Drawing from their love for the classic duet styles of Johnny Cash and June Carter, as well as contemporary artists, The White Stripes and Shovels & Rope, Sally and George breathe life and love into the ever widening world of Americana. Merging Joel’s freeform live performances (Sol Driven Train) and Shelby’s energetic structure and bluegrass pedigree (formerly of Della Mae), the pair bring new material with stripped down instrumentation, emphasizing song craft and hypnotic vocals, to stages across the country. In

The Lucky 5 is a hard-swinging jazz band that blends swing and gypsy jazz to create a unique, foot-stomping blend of music that appeals to a wide range of music lovers. The band is comprised of highly-seasoned touring musicians, having been part of The Hunger Mountain Boys, Lauren Ambrose & The Leisure Class, and traveled, performed and recorded with artists such as Peter Gabriel, Tony Bennett, Neko Case, Iris Dement, Bobby Previte, Del McCoury, Jim Lauderdale, just to name a few.

The ETSU Old-Time Band has performed at many prestigious events throughout the United States ranging from concerts held at the John. F Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to Mountain Stage.

White Horse Black Mountain (105 Montreat Rd.) is a 215-seat music and arts venue that has staged more than 2,500 concerts and other events during its 10-year history. It offers state-of-the-art sound, cabaret-style (table) seating, and bar/concession area that serves beer, wine, Kombucha, soft drinks and snacks.

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