Singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Bella White will release her new album Among Other Things on April 21 via Rounder Records and today she shares another taste of the LP with the new single, ‘Flowers On My Bedside’. The single - both raw and mournful - took shape as she tapped into the bracing lucidity that sometimes accompanies heartache.
White says, “‘Flowers On My Bedside’ is a song for empowerment. I wrote it when I was in a sad place and it was a very healing experience, to take a hard situation and turn it into something that feels creatively inspiring.” Listen/share ‘Flowers On My Bedside’ here.
Among Other Things was produced by Jonathan Wilson and features Buck Meek of Big Thief on guitar. Bella has teased the album with a handful of songs that together give the listener a sense of Bella’s remarkable writing and life-long-honed skills as a bluegrass player.
“Bella White stands out as the youngest in her class of breakthrough virtuosos defined by the likes of Billy Strings and Amythyst Kiah. Her poetic poignancy conjures up the palpable devastation from a novice lover whose heart —one brimming with naïve ideas of romance—has shattered into a seemingly irreparable form,” said American Songwriter.
The tracks include last year’s ‘The Way I Oughta Go’, the gorgeous and reflective ‘Rhododendron’ and last month’s ‘Break My Heart’. Among Other Things is available for pre-order here digitally and on LP with speciality vinyl in Garnet and Tiger’s Eye via the artist’s website at www.bellawhitemusic.com
Rolling Stone included Bella in their ‘Best Things We Saw’ roundup of AmericanaFest and she has spent this week captivating audiences in Austin during several appearances at SXSW including a slot at the Luck Reunion. Tonight she will be appearing at the imogene + willie party. Bella is excited to announce new U.S. headline dates that include a stop in New York City on May 4. She has also added dates in Europe and the UK and has confirmed appearances at major U.S. festivals throughout the spring and summer including Stagecoach, Merlefest, Telluride, Under The Big Sky and more. All tour dates listed below.
Calgary-born singer/songwriter Bella White made her mark on the scene with the release of her debut album Just Like Leaving. The LP caught the attention of Rounder Records which signed her last year. While traditional bluegrass originated in Appalachia, the genre has surely found a safe and loving Canadian home via her songwriting. The 22 year-old singer/songwriter and instrumentalist shies away from modern and fussy arrangements, and instead brings a traditional style of music into the contemporary moment by personalising it to her own experiences. White has shown herself to be a star student of the bluegrass genre, with something new to bring to the table. Her ability to translate modern experience to an old sound is seamless and compelling and permeates the boundaries of a regional genre with authentic singing and songwriting.
Bella White Tour Dates:
April 28 - Stagecoach - Indio, CA
May 2 - The Loft at City Winery Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA
May 3 - Pearl St. Warehouse – Washington, DC
May 4 - Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) – New York, NY
May 7 - Duke’s Indy – Indianapolis, IN
May 20 - Pit House – Slade, KY
May 19 - Sleeping In The Woods Songwriter Festival - Monticello, KY
June 13 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO
June 18 - Black Deer Festival, Tunbridge Wells, UK
June 20 - The Glad Cafe - Glasgow, SCOTLAND
June 21 - The Lexington, London, UK
June 23 - SPOT, Groningen, NETHERLANDS
June 24 - Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival - Rotterdam, ZH, NETHERLANDS
July 14 - Under the Big Sky Music & Arts Festival, White Fish, MT