About BeThisBell, the band

 

The Story of the Band BeThisBell: Guitarist & vocalist BeTh isBell and lead guitarist Justin Hays met at ACM@UCO & formed BeThisBell in Spring 2011. Shortly thereafter Cody Fowler (who is also in the band Horse Thief) joined the band on bass and turned us on to Kellan Turner on drums. The band has played shows at various clubs and music & pride festivals Oklahoma City, OK, and Dallas, TX. Earlier this year (2013), the band began recording it's first album We Are The Gods! at Bell Labs in Norman, OK, with producer Trent Bell (Chainsaw Kittens). And that basically is the line-up on the album, although we had to bring Nick Ley of the band colourmusic in to play drums on the album when Kellan had to go back to Texas to attend to family business. Justin & BeTh played all the rhythm guitar parts on the album, and when Justin had to move back to Missouri where his family is from, we picked up Blaise Thompson of the bands Moon & Drainbows to join us, and BeTh & Blaise finished all the lead guitar parts on the album. And right as we were finishing up the album, Holly Wood joined the band on keyboards & vocals. She's amazing and has perfect pitch, lol. Holly & BeTh have also recently been playing a lot of duo shows around OKC. Most recently, we decided to replace Blaise with David Carlyle, an amazing guitarist who is also in the band Giraffe Massacre.  The current line-up kills and the band recently picked up a music publishing contract with David Bowie's publisher, Essex Music Intl., Inc. on it's new WATG! album.

Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Record Label: Unsigned

Band Members:
BeTh isBell • Vocals, Guitars
Cody Fowler • Bass
Kellan Turner • Drums
Holly Wood • Vocals, Keyboards
David Carlyle • Lead Guitars

For more information & booking:
bethisbellmusic@gmail.com


 
Our collective influences:   The Pixies, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Kurt Cobain, Blind Melon, The Doors, Neil Young, Artic Monkeys, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, the Liars, The Strokes, Janis Joplin, Foo Fighters, Jimi Hendrix, Kings of Leon, Cage The Elephant, SRV, Buddy Guy, Cream, Tom Petty, Alice in Chains, Modest Mouse, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Elvis Costello, James Brown, Mother Mother, King Crimson, The Cure, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Tommy Emmanuel, John Butler Trio, Coco Rosie, Steve Reich, Xavier Rudd, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Mance Lipscomb, Johnny Cash, Jeffrey James, colourmusic, Horse Thief, and The Dead Prophets.
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About BeTh isBell

I am the bastard love child of Janis Joplin & Jim Morrison, except that one day while Jimbo took a trip in the desert, Janis was in NYC banging Lou Reed. It's all a little fuzzy from there ... and yes, I'm actually a girl! ... well, currently!

Meet BeTh: I used to do civil rights law, was pretty good at it, you even have rights as an employee here in Oklahoma against being fired for reasons that violate Oklahoma public policy because of my efforts. Then I transitioned from male to female. That was a hard decision, and a very costly one. I was no longer able to find a job, even among firms that specialized in civil rights law, because they feared that a jury or clients would not be as open minded as they claimed to be. But I am who I am & like who I am, and you have to be you, sometimes society does not make that easy LOL, but you have to be true to yourself, let your light shine.

"I live to create, fucking art for the masses, this bitch loves to rock!"
- BeTh's personal haiku! :),

I've always been interested in music. Picked up a guitar in high school, but never stuck with it back then. After my divorce, after being diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder & during the whole transition process, writing songs kept me sane. If not for songwriting & music, I would have lost hope & would not be here. That's a pretty serious, but true, statement. Having little actual opportunity to return to practicing law, and having almost died twice from two major heart / pulmonary embolism episodes due to medical complications, I decided to go to music college to pursue music. And I'm thankful that I did, because my songwriting & performance skills have improved greatly. I don't have much opportunity or the money to return to law ... so I'm all in on music. Got to find a way to make this work for the sake of my twins, and to pay off these student loans LOL.

"PRETTY GOOD THOUGHT PROVOKING LOU REED STYLE PUNK ...
OR SOMETHING!!" ... a fan ... I just love my fans!

Recently, I've freed myself of the burden of having to know every song, and just been focusing on playing the ones I like better, and that's been working nicely. The new album is coming along nicely, love these guys, & so focusing on that. It's been a hard journey, and these songs are a relection of that, but also of the wisdom that the pain of the soul can bring, it's healing power, and how the depth of one's emotions create grace.

BeTh iBell's music has been described as "edgy, subversive," "passionate," "innovative," "alternative art at its best"
"which redefines 'dark' as a plausible blend of the psychedelic & the acoustic!", and BeTh as "an artist who is truly one of a kind!"  
BeTh is a 3 time Top 10 category finalist in the USA Songwriting Contest -and- a TAXI Top 10 monthly songwriter pick (7/08).

I recently received my Bachelor's degree in music performance and music business in May 2013 from ACM@UCO.
I would like to eventually teach.  And tour.  That would be sweet.  And fight.  For your right to be yourself too.


I am a songwriter.  A teller of tales.  A painter of sounds.

Thanks for your support!
BeTh isBell

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