The BellRays True Believers is a facebook group for fans of The BellRays that are more than fans. They are True Believers. A place to hang with like minds and the band. Special offers, LIVE events and more to come.
Blues is the teacher. Punk is the Preacher. It’s all about emotion and energy. Experience and raw talent, spirit and intellect. Exciting things happen when these things collide.
Bob Vennum and Lisa Kekaula made The BellRays happen in 1990 in Riverside, California but they weren’t really thinking about any of this then. They wanted to play music and they wanted it to feel good. They wanted people to WANT to get up, to NEED to get up and check out what was going on. Form an opinion. React.
So they took everything they knew about; the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, the Who, the Ramones Billie Holiday, Lou Rawls, Hank Williams, the DB’s, Jimmy Reed, and Led Zeppelin (to name a very few to whom “BLUES IS THE TEACHER”) and pressed it into service.
Those bands and artists have since become “buzz words”, things to imitate and sound like. That was never The BellRays intention. The BellRays were never about coming up with a “sound”, or fitting in with a scene. It was about the energy that made all that music so irresistible. The BellRays’ influences learned from the Blues and then learned how to to make it their own. The Beatles wanted to play R&B, converted that energy and invented “Rubber Soul”. The Ramones were trying to be Del Shannon or Neil Sedaka and out came “Rocket to Russia”.
The BellRays believe combining Rock and Soul is not meant to be a conscious effort. You shouldn’t have to force them together because they’ve never really been separated in the first place. It’s an organic trail that flows through Bob and Lisa and the current rhythm section of Bernard Yin (Fur Dixon, Par Avion ) on bass and Dusty Watson (the Sonics, Dick Dale) on drums, and comes out honest and urgent. You will learn and you will feel. Blues is always teaching and Punk is always preaching.
Bennetti’s Jazz Blues All Stars featuring Nathalie Pnt. You’re gonna love this.
Oh la la ! Comment j’adore !!!!! Ça m’a envoyé direct en arrière, à une époque que je n’ai pas connu certes, mais j’me voyais assise dans une salle enfumée d’un club de jazz , à écouter une petite brune chanter ses peines de coeur ! J’en veux encore !!! Tu assures ! Bravo….
Oh mais franchement, comment ne pas aimer, ta voix est juste parfaite pour ce titre ! Moi ça m’a emporté direct : c’est beau, ça paraît simple ( et c’est en ça que c’est fort parce qu’on sait bien que c’est tout sauf simple), cette douce mélancolie dans ta voix…..c’est divin ! J’ai écouté 2 fois de suite et je vais la faire écouter autour de moi si tu veux bien…..
Je viens d’écouter j’adore tellement ? ça me fait penser au chanteuse qui chantais dans les piano bar dans les années 50-60″ Et tu sais à quel point j’aime ses années…
J’adore, aaah du Jazz !
Magnifique timbre de voix, en fait, tu sais tout faire!…
j’adore ?ambiance de ouf. Ouhla pas facile, mais là c’est réussi quoi, tu fermes les yeux tu vois la scène, les rideaux rouges, la fumée, haha c’est énorme…
Here in France we’ve been on ‘lockdown’ with severe restrictions for two months. But that ended on 11th May. I was thinking about how the confinement had made me slow down, and think about what was really important, notice the beauty around me. It’s has been so peaceful and quiet. I have some lovely memories from the last two months…..so it’s happy and sad at the same time….and it was this feeling that inspired the composition. I hope you like it.
With all bars and restaurants closed, and travel banned for non essential purposes there was no way Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club could go ahead in March. Instead we put out our first ever online broadcast. This featured music from members only. You can listen to it here….
Music from Norrie Snakebite Burnnett, Tim Bragg, Andy Berry, Ann Ellam, Rod Millgate, Madame Blanc, and Steve and Ev’ from Highland Hotclub.
I got an invite from a local French music label to submit a track for an album. The album will be call Museum. Each invited musician must use something from history as an inspiration for their composition. I decided to use the iconic Citroën SM!
I hope you like it…..
A funk number inspired by one of the most iconic cars from the 70s. The Citroën SM! …a high-performance coupé produced by the French manufacturer Citroën from 1970 to 1975. Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the intention of harnessing Maserati’s high-performance engine technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car, combining the sophisticated Citroën suspension with a Maserati V6. The result was the incredible Citroën SM.
Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club…proudly presents a programme of Jazz and Blues for 2020….
27th February – Soleil Couchant
30th April – Soleil Couchant
25th June – Soleil Couchant
27th August – Soleil Couchant
29th October – Soleil Couchant
26th December – Soleil Couchant
If you are looking for some Jazz and Blues action in the Haute Vienne, Charente area of France, then Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club could be the place for you. We meet on the last Thursday every other month. All players of all abilities are very welcome, all I ask is that you contact me first so that I can fit you in where you’ll be happiest. Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club is primarily for musicians, our aim is, “to create a warm loving environment in which like minded musicians can meet, play, share, grow, and get hip!”, having said that, all fans of jazz n blues are welcome.