The Black Belles

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The Black Belles
The Black Belles.jpg
The Black Belles performing at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 2012.
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, United States
GenresGarage rock
Years active2009–2012 (hiatus)
LabelsThird Man Records
MembersShelby Lynne
Ruby Rogers
Olivia Jean
Past membersChristina Norwood
Erin Belle

The Black Belles is an American all-female "garage goth" rock band found by Jack White and signed to his label Third Man Records.[1][2]


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."[3] They quickly signed to Third Man Records and released three singles: "Elvira", "What Can I Do", and "Charlene" with Stephen Colbert, which they performed live on The Colbert Report.[4] 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."[3]

In 2011, they released their debut self-titled album which had two singles: "Honky Tonk Horror" and "Wishing Well".[5] 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] It received mildly positive reviews, achieving a Metacritic score of 59.[6]

In 2014 band member Olivia Jean released a solo album, Bathtub Love Killings, also with Third Man Records.[7]

Band members[edit]

  • Olivia Jean – lead vocals, guitars, piano, keyboards (2009–present)
  • Shelby Lynne – drums, percussion (2009–present); piano, keyboards (2009–10)
  • Ruby Rogers – bass guitar (2010–present); drums, percussion (2009–10)
  • Christina Norwood – piano, keyboards (2010–12)
  • Erin Belle – bass guitar (2009–10)



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


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)"
(Stephen Colbert featuring The Black Belles)
  • 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


  1. ^ "Jack White as a svengali? Here's how not to do it ..." The Guardian. 8 Feb 2010.
  2. ^ "Band of the Week: The Black Belles". Vogue. 15 Nov 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "The Black Belles Ring True - Interview Magazine".
  4. ^ "Stephen Colbert and the Black Belles Debut 'Charlene II (I'm Over You)'". Rolling Stone. 24 Jun 2011.
  5. ^ "New music: The Black Belles – The Wishing Well". The Guardian. 26 Apr 2012.
  6. ^ "Reviews for The Black Belles by The Black Belles - Metacritic".
  7. ^ "Olivia Jean: Lana Del Rey's worst nightmare". WBEZ91.5. 4 Nov 2014.