When you listen to The
Bellboys, it's hard to know if they're rural outlaws or city boys with beards,
and it turns out they're a bit of both. The Portland, Ore.-based Americana
folk-rock group lets its Idaho roots show in timeless songwriting, tight,
grizzly harmonies and classic, tasteful guitar leads that are all energized by
countless hours playing the streets and packed venues within Portland.
In the fall of 2010 The
BellBoys released their debut album, I'll
Be Here All Night, showcasing their Americana folk-rock sound with
shreddin' guitar work and passionate harmonies. I'll Be Here All Night offers eleven original songs by The
BellBoys' own Jay Cobb Anderson and Brad Parsons, plus Mike Winter, whose
lyrics explore life with gritty honesty. Filling out their sound is Keith Simon
on upright bass and Tyler Thompson on drums with backup vocals.
As a testament to The BellBoys'
spot-on performance abilities, the band recorded all tracks for I'll Be Here All Night in just two days.
The album was recorded by Matt Stegner at Blackout Studios in Seattle, and was
mixed and mastered by Erick Jaskowiak, a Nashville-based engineer, mixer and
producer for multiple Grammy-nominated artists. Already, fans are fawning
over the infectious groove of "Somethin' In My Mind," the twangy tension of
"Caroline," and the billowing swagger of "All My Love." The band also released
a self-titled EP in 2009 while busking in rain, sunshine and snow in Portland.
Riding the wave of raw energy that its members
produce, the band's recorded sound is as pleasing as its live performances. In
little more than a year, The BellBoys have drawn crowds at venues including
Portland's Doug Fir Lounge and Mt. Tabor Theater, Seattle's Tractor Tavern,
Oregon's Mountain Stomp Festival, and Boise's Knitting Factory while touring
throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and California. The group has
also shared the stage and collaborated with The Clumsy Lovers, Four on the Floor,
The Shook Twins, Baby Gramps, The Villains, Fruition, Flomotion and Taarka.