The Black Belles
The Black Belles
The Black Belles performing at the Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 2012.
|Origin||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Years active||2009–2012 (hiatus)|
|Labels||Third Man Records|
|Past members||Christina Norwood|
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." 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. 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."
In 2011, they released their debut self-titled album which had two 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." It received mildly positive reviews, achieving a Metacritic score of 59.
- 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)
|2011||The Black Belles
|2010||"What Can I Do"
|2011||"Charlene II (I'm Over You)" |
(Stephen Colbert featuring The Black Belles)
|2011||"Honky Tonk Horror"
- "Jack White as a svengali? Here's how not to do it ..." The Guardian. 8 Feb 2010.
- "Band of the Week: The Black Belles". Vogue. 15 Nov 2011.
- "The Black Belles Ring True - Interview Magazine".
- "Stephen Colbert and the Black Belles Debut 'Charlene II (I'm Over You)'". Rolling Stone. 24 Jun 2011.
- "New music: The Black Belles – The Wishing Well". The Guardian. 26 Apr 2012.
- "Reviews for The Black Belles by The Black Belles - Metacritic".
- "Olivia Jean: Lana Del Rey's worst nightmare". WBEZ91.5. 4 Nov 2014.