The Black Belles

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The Black Belles
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The Black Belles performing at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 2012.
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Garage rock
Labels Third Man Records
Website theblackbelles.com
Members Shelby Lynne
Ruby Rogers
Olivia Jean
Past members Christina Norwood
Erin Belle
Chrissy Valentine

The Black Belles is an American all-female "garage goth" rock band found by Jack White and signed to his label Third Man Records

History[edit]

The Black Belles formed in 2009 originally with Erin Belle. Bassist Ruby Rogers said "She helped us out in the studio, and we needed someone with more of a commitment. She's also a model. Her scheduling didn't work out. We just haven't communicated that to a lot of people."[1] They quickly signed to Third Man Records and released three singles: "Elvira," "What Can I Do," and "Charlene" with Stephen Colbert. Regarding their start with Third Man Records, Olivia Jean said, "I had a recording that I gave to Jack, and it was mostly instrumental music, but it was a jumping-off point for like, some project to begin. I did it for myself, but I didn't play anything live, because I didn't have a band. But once we all met, we kind of collaborated together and shared ideas, threw all those ideas together and we had a lot of material to work with."[2] In 2011, they released their debut self-titled album which had 2 singles: Honky Tonk Horror and Wishing Well. The album was produced by Jack White and recorded in the course of a few months. Rogers said "We did it really fast, and then we recorded it really fast, too."[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title
2011 The Black Belles
  • Released: 8 November 2011
  • Format: CD, LP and Digital Download

Singles[edit]

Year Title
2010 "Elvira"
  • Format: 7"
  • Released: 2010
2010 "What Can I Do"
  • Format: 7", Digital Download
  • Released: 26 January 2010
2011 "Charlene II (I'm Over You)"
  • Format: 7", Digital Download
  • Released: 24 June 2011
2011 "Honky Tonk Horror"
  • Format: 7", Digital Download
  • Released: 27 September 2011
2012 "Wishing Well"
  • Format: 7", Digital Download
  • Released: 1 May 2012

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