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Bellfield
These Moments
It's early yet for this young Knoxville-based jam ensemble, but there's promise to be found in the quintet's debut album. Bellfield opened around this time last year for Jack Johnson -favorite Animal Liberation Orchestra, which we consider an apt pairing. Fronted by Van Gallik and Rob Morrow, who split vocal and guitar duties, the members evoke that same jam-session feel you might find on Johnson's label Brushfire Records, though they do seem to have a more eclectic mix of influences. The group relies on rock, blues and folk for inspiration, maintaining a fresh edge with a bit of Southern songwriting. I wish you were still around/But you're in Sylacauga six feet underground, Gallik sings with a twinge of twang on "Maxine." But the vocals tend to be carried by the instrumentation of Gallik, Morrow, Jed Eaton (percussion), Chad Fifer (drums) and Alex Bayless (bass, guitar). They have a knack for long-winded acoustic instrumentals ("Leap Year"), reminding us a bit of Aussie forbearer John Butler Trio , only with backwoods rather than outback aesthetic.
The band will have its CD release party Friday night, May 11, at Blue Cats following performances by The Billings Band and Jescoe . Doors open at 9 and tickets are $6 or $5 with a student ID.

- Metro Pulse - May 10, 2007


Dustin Milotte: Get Your Midweek Fix With Bellfield

Local band on the rise comes back to Blue Cats this Wednesday
Who: Bellfield w/ Brandy Robinson and Summit Hill_Where: Blue Cat's_When: Wednesday Nov. 29, Doors at 8:00 p.m.

As I stepped out of my car I had a moment of hesitation. “What was that address again?” I reached into my pocket for a recycled handbill, but the question was answered for me. The sound of a full band exploded out of one the houses on a residential north Knoxville road. I proceeded up the steps with intentions of listening by the door when it suddenly swung open. I passed through and started setting up my laptop. There was a slight acknowledgement of my presence, but nothing could shake the vibe coming out of this living room turned practice space. The song continued on taking some intricate turns with precise guitar lines and melodic vocal interjections. All five of the musicians seemed blissfully high on their collective sound. The song ended, the guys grinned. They all came over to introduce themselves and so concluded my introduction with one of our cities most up and coming bands, Bellfield.
I had seen them once before earlier this year at our downtown cancer benefit for Latih Keilany. There was a lot of great music that night from various bands but Bellfield left an impression. They had the one thing necessary to grab new listeners: Energy. Their music, which they describe as “acoustic rock with electric guitars”, is a well balanced mix of dramatic dynamic shifting instrumental sections and thoughtful lyrics. Rob Morrow (guitar/vocals) and Van Gallik (guitar/vocals) take principle song writing duties while Alex Bayless (bass/vocals), Chad Fifer (drums), and Jed Eaton (percussion) provide for a rock solid rhythm section.
Bellfield achieves their broad sound by open-mindedly taking to heart their varied individual musical influences. The result is a cocktail mixing the likes of O.A.R., Rusted Root, Sublime, and Will Hoge to name a few. But while influences play their part Bellfield’s goal is to be original and take their music on the road. That is the key to the groups mission statement: Quit work and make music.

While going on the road is definitely in the near future, Bellfield is making the most of their time here in Knoxville. Having only been together for a year, they’ve already played around fifteen shows, recorded a demo, and have plans to record a full length album in February at West Knoxville’s The Sound Lair. Check out their myspace page for a free listen to their demo. There you’ll find tunes like the pop-appealing "Pain of Seperation" and "As a Fool Often Does" - a tune that finds the band taking a Dave Mathews meets James Brown approach.
As I sat and talked with them a few things became apparent. First of all, they work hard. They draw a big crowd because they work to get their name out there and promote their shows, and those crowds keep coming back because of the time and energy spent on the music. But the other main thing I noticed was how light they manage to keep their dispositions. They crack jokes at each other and generally come off as an easy going group of guys who love to play music together.

This Wednesday you can find Bellfield at Blue Cats in the Old City. They’ll be supported by two other local acts who have seen a recent rise popularity; Brandy Robinson, and Summit Hill. The night is sure to be an impressive display of some of Knoxville’s freshest talent so come out this Wednesday and take a break from responsibility. Doors at 8:00 p.m.
- Knoxville520.com - November 27, 2006


Discography

Single:
"As A Fool Often Does" (2006)

Album:
These Moments (2007), self-released

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Bio

Coming from a variety of unusual backgrounds, the members of Bellfield have found that they share a common love for creating music. Fusing components of rock, blues, and folk, Bellfield strives to create a sound uniquely their own. Despite having planted their roots in Knoxville, Tennessee, Bellfield feels that there is something else out there. With this in mind they intend to travel the country in the hopes that they are well received. Maybe then they could accomplish their collective goal: to quit work and make music.