Glenna Bell

Glenna Bell

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Glenna Bell’s sound is modern Americana in the truest sense. It is a unique blend of country roots music, romantic urban culture lyrics, and Texas folk rock; all sung in a voice that is powerful yet somehow vulnerable.

Biography

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Glenna Bell is featured in the August/September 2008 issue of the Media Guide at http://www.adcmediaguide.com!

Glenna Bell was a top finalist in the prestigious BW Stevenson Singer-Songwriter Contest at Poor David's Pub in Dallas in May 2008!

On May 15, 2007, the Texas House of Representatives honored the music of Texas-born singer-songwriter Glenna Bell with the following House Resolution, which was read in a ceremony at the Capitol on the Floor of the House in Austin. House Speaker Tom Craddick was in attendance, and personally congratulated Miss Bell for her musical contributions to the Lone Star State:

H.R. No. 1304

R E S O L U T ION
WHEREAS, A talented singer and songwriter, Beaumont native Glenna Bell is drawing attention for her stark yet beautiful songs that conjure up the heartfelt essence of traditional country music while expressing a fresh, contemporary perspective; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Bell has recorded three albums to date, Nobody's Girl, which appeared in 1998, Face This World, from 2006, and The Road Less Traveled, which is scheduled to appear in 2008; each features her haunting songs that present tales of heartache, love, and loss in a stripped down and powerful style; and

WHEREAS, Glenna Bell's music is colored by the sounds that she grew up with in East Texas: a cappella hymns sung in her family's church and old-school country music that she discovered in her relatives' record collections; with the help of veteran Texas musicians such as John Evans, who has produced Ms. Bell's last two albums, and Johnny Bush, who sings on The Road Less Traveled, Glenna Bell has distilled her influences into moving songs that are receiving airplay on country and Americana radio stations across the country; and

WHEREAS, Carrying forward the classic, unembellished style that has graced so much great music from Texas, Glenna Bell has emerged as a musician and storyteller of great promise and stands as an exciting addition to the musical tradition of the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 80th Texas Legislature hereby honor Glenna Bell for her musical accomplishments and extend to her best wishes for continued success; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for Ms. Bell as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.

______________________________
Speaker of the House
I certify that H.R. No. 1304 was adopted by the House on April 13, 2007, by a non-record vote.

The story of this rising Texas star began in the woods of her youth near Beaumont, Texas, where she grew up influenced by the hymns sung a cappella at the church she attended with her family and by the old-school country music that she found in her relatives’ record collections. Often compared stylistically to Johnny Cash, with a delivery that’s raw and bare boned, Glenna Bell captures the very essence of how country music was, is, and should always be.

Glenna’s music has been aired locally, nationally, and internationally on NBC, CNBC, Fox TV, and numerous radio programs, as well as through live performances at venues all over Texas, including the Cactus Café, Threadgill's, the Continental Club, and SXSW in Austin, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck and the Hard Rock Cafe in Houston, Poor David's Pub, The Gypsy Tea Room, and Bill’s Records and Tapes in Dallas, amongst many others. Glenna's songs have also received praise from top-tier music critics such as Robert K. Oermann at Music Row, Nashville and, most recently, Robert Christgau of Rolling Stone.

A deal with Burnside Distribution in Portland, Oregon placed Glenna Bell's new record, The Road Less Traveled, in retail outlets across the nation in July 2008. The album was recorded at historic Sugar Hill Studios in Houston, Texas, where the Big Bopper taped "Chantilly Lace" and George Jones laid down some of his first vocal performances, not to mention the many other legends who have made their mark behind the mic's of the oldest continuously operating recording studio in Texas.

Notably, Glenna will also be included in Andy Bradley and Roger Wood’s forthcoming book on the history of the studio, House of Hits (UT Press, 2009), and on the accompanying compilation disc singing Willie Nelson’s “The Family Bible,” which was first taped at Sugar Hill in the 1950’s.

Glenna Bell is a Daughter of the Republic of Texas and a graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Houston’s exclusive Creative Writing Program, where Pulitzer-winning playwright Edward Albee directed her dissertation plays. She teaches writing at Houston Community College and at a young age has already composed a lasting body of music to represent the diversity of Texas. Glenna Bell's sound is modern Americana in the truest sense. It is a unique blend of country roots music, romantic urban culture lyrics, and Texas folk rock; all sung in a

Lyrics

Cosmos Cafe & Dear Johnny

Written By: Glenna Bell

I know a little place
Just around the way
It's not far to Cosmos Cafe

So come with me, darlin'
Be my date
Get up on this party train
Come on down to Cosmos Cafe
Get on down here the Houston way

Y'all come, y'all come, y'all come

There's ice cold beer
And something to eat
There's a big man here
Keeping the peace
There's a band that plays
All night long
And they're just about to kick off
Another song

So dance with me, darlin'
Be my date
Get up on this party train
Come on down to Cosmos Cafe
Get on down here the Houston way

Y'all come, y'all come, y'all come

I know a little place
Just around the way
It's not far to Cosmos Cafe
It's not far to Cosmos Cafe
It's not far to Cosmos Cafe

Y'all come, y'all come, y'all come

Dear Johnny

Get up, Dear Johnny,
Get up there and sing for me
Get up and play us a song
Get up, Dear Johnny
and be what you're meant to be
Don't keep us waiting too long

You're living the life that others could only dream
You're out there on the stage
You're making the scene
Surrounded by fans
But you're isolation shows
You just lost the only girl you know

Get up, Dear Johnny,
Get up there and sing for me
Get up and play us a song
Get up, Dear Johnny
and be what you're meant to be
Don't keep us waiting too long

Yes, I know how you feel
I've been there myself
Sad, confused, and mad at yourself
Yes, I know how you feel
I've been there myself
You just lost your only true love

Get up, Dear Johnny,
Get up there and sing for me
Get up and play us a song
Get up, Dear Johnny
and be what you're meant to be
Don't keep us waiting too long

Now you're sitting over here wondering what to do
Well, take it from me,
Ya gotta do what you have to
So stand up on that stage like the man that you are
And shine on, you ever-rising star

Get up, Dear Johnny,
Get up there and sing for me
Get up and play us a song
Get up, Dear Johnny
and be what you're meant to be
Don't keep us waiting too long
Don't keep us waiting too long
Don't keep us waiting too long

Hoping I Could Be Wrong

Written By: Glenna Bell

You're holding her before my very eyes
You're holding her before my friends and God
You take me for a fool
You've broken every rule
But all this time I just kept holding on
Hoping that I could be wrong

Scream at you? Yes, I very will
Grab my arm, you tell me to be still
Turn and walk away
There's nothing left to say
I guess it's time for me to go inside
And wish everybody goodnight

Close the door, the party's going on
Kill the light, another day is gone
I hear your voice somewhere
I wonder why I care
Why all this time I just keep holding on
Hoping that I could be wrong

Can't Get My Mind Off You

Written By: Glenna Bell

Another show is over
and everyone seemed to have fun
They all said they loved me
then they went home with the ones they love
So I went out to a party
just looking for something to do
to find someone to talk to
to take my mind off you
But everyone I talked to
had nothing to say
And everyone I turned to
couldn't help me anyway
'Cause I can't get my mind off of you

As I sit here just a stranger
in a crowded room alone
I think of all those people
already home from my show
List'ning to my music
in one another's arms
As I call it a day now
another night meets the dawn

How can I go on much longer this way?
The road is so long back to Houston from LA
Another stage, another hotel,
another town or two
Another song, another heartache
and one more day without you

'Cause I can't get my mind off of you
I can't get my mind off of you

So I'm gonna go to sleep now
and I'll be dreaming of you
And I know back home in Houston
that you'll be dreaming of me too
But it won't be much longer
'til I get back to you again
The road less traveled still leads me to Houston in the end

I can't get my mind off of you
'Cause I can't get my mind off of you
I can't get my mind off of you
No, I can't get my mind off of you

Outside The Bars

Written By: Glenna Bell

I get an hour to see you one day a week through glass
in my best clothes
An hour to see you one day a week through glass
in my best clothes
And your eyes light up the same old way
I could touch you--almost
And you smile just a little
and I laugh just a bit at your jokes
And you dream just a little
And I cry just a tear--
Let go.
Let go.

And time rolls on
Time rolls on
Time rolls on
It won't stop

We're talking through glass, now they're telling you it's time to go
We're talking through glass, now they're telling you it's time to go
Please don't go.
And if time could stand still a million years, I'd wait for you right here
But life goes on,
life goes on,
life goes on outside the bars

You're rasing your hand to say good-bye
I love you,
I do.
You're rasing your hand to say good-bye
I love you, I still do.
And if time could stand still ten million years, I'd wait for you
right here.
But life goes on, life goes on,
life goes on outside the bars

Time to go, time to go, time to go

The East Side w/ Johnny Bush

Written By: Glenna Bell

We made it to the east side of town
My face has grown colder
My heart has grown older
But we made it to the east side of town

We made it to the east side of town
I know what you sacrificed
I know that you paid a price
and it's just not the same now that you're not around
and I wonder where you are now
as I sit on our front porch
wondering how.
How, how did we go wrong?
I ask you how,
how can we get along?
I'll try anything
that you ask me to
You mean everything
what can I do to make it all right?
I want to be with you tonight
here on the east side

I need you, I never said those words before
I love you I should've said those words and more
Please help me, I'm lost without you
Please tell me, what can I do?
To make it all right
I want to be with you tonight
here on the east side

And I wonder where you are now
as I sit on my front porch on the other side of town

How, how did we go wrong?
I ask you how, how can we get along?
I'll try anything that you ask me to
You mean everything
What can I do?
To make it all right
I want to be with you tonight
on the east side

How I Found Out I'm Insane

Written By: Glenna Bell

About a year ago, I was a free agent
Happy as a kid on Christmas vacation
Spending every night just playing around
In no time at all I was the talk of the town
I was sleeping 'til ten or eleven or even two
Then sitting on the porch all afternoon
Singing to my dogs and picking out tunes
I was just doing whatever I wanted to do

Well, you know, some people called me lazy
And they all called me crazy
They said I was misfitted
And I should be committed
But I wouldn't believe 'em
Because I did not see a problem
with living your life just the way that you wanna

But a man comes along with the bluest of eyes--football player,
he was supersized
Well, you might imagine how that story goes . . .
Suppose I'm gonna tell ya that man proposed

Well, he told me everything that a girl wants to hear
He bought a diamond ring just, you know, to prove he was sincere
So I said "I do," and he did too
We've been married a year
but it feels more like two

So when a man buys a diamond ring and asks you to be his wife
You need to consider one thing:
There's no padded walls and you're committed for life
And all you want is a little sugar
but he's too busy raising cain
And that's how I found out I'm insane

And now the bed needs making,
and the dishes need doing,
and the house needs dusting,
the coffee needs brewing,

And the floor needs mopping,
And the windows need washing,
the supper needs fixin'
but I need to go shopping
The laundry's piling up
and my guitar's in the closet
It's been collecting dust,
I need to retune it
A month ago, my husband caught me unsuspecting
And--guess what--today I found out that we're gonna be expecting!

So now you know the story,
how I learned a big lesson,
how I found out that I am insane

So when a man buys a diamond ring and asks you to be his wife
You need to consider one thing:
There's no padded walls and you're committed for life
And all you want is a little sugar
but he's too busy raising cain
And that's how I found out I'm insane

People say marriage is the greatest institution
And I'll tell ya what--
I've begun to believe 'em
How can I deny that they must be right
'Cause I was free as a bird, now I'm committed for life
I must be insane,
I'm self admitted for life.

La Casa Que Yo Amo

Written By: Glenna Bell

The world has changed
This house is not my home anymore
You say it's in the barrio
And we're in the way
of the city as it grows

But we paid your price
We mortgaged our whole life
And we built this neighborhood
when no one else would even look this way
My daddy used to say, this house has seen a million broken dreams
A million miracles and a hundred years of family

But this house I love,
you'll tear it to the ground without a thought
You say it's just the barrio

And you'll put up a shopping mall where we used to play
Put up a parking lot where we fell in love
You'll put up a coffee shop, put up a condo block
You'll put up a supermarket where we planned to raise our kids
And you'll call it progress, modern-day convenience
But it's just a rich man's game,
and I don't know how to win
The world has changed, a
And I don't know where to go from here

'Cause this house I love,
you'll tear it to the ground without a thought
You say it's in the barrio

La casa que yo amo, es todo lo que tenemos
La casa que yo amo, es todo lo que tenemos
La casa que yo amo, es todo lo que tenemos

This house I love, it's all we ever had
This house I love, it's all we ever had
This house I love, it's all we ever had

Could've Been My Friend

Written By: Glenna Bell

Watching them pack up your things to send back
Headed back home to Kansas
I never knew you, but it's clear to me
You were living your life all alone
And you could've been my friend
On cloudy days I think of you
I wonder what your life was like
How did you find your way all the way down here?
And why did you stay here so long?
So far from home,
Out on your own?

This city is dark and lonely
And the concrete never seems to end
And the faces that you see on the streets every day
Drift away like the wind
That carries your spirit away
Back to Kansas

Watching them pack up your things to send back
Headed back home to Kansas
I never knew you, but it's clear to me
You were living your life all alone
And you could have been my friend

Some days I feel so confused
I really need someone to talk to
And today I've been thinking that you would've cared
That you would've been here to listen
The rain outside is beginning to die
A train whistle cries in the distance
The boxes of all that was once dear to you
Are loaded and ready to go
Now I 'm standing here, waving goodbye
To everything that was your past
And I'm standing alone at the crossroads
Just watching the storm clouds roll passed.

Discography

The Road Less Traveled
Sugar Hill Studios, Houston
2008

Face This World
SugarHill Studios, Houston
2005

Nobody's Girl
SugarHill Studios, Houston
1998

Set List

Currently, we are promoting Glenna's new release, The Road Less Traveled, as an opening act for more established bands. The set list includes 10 songs from the new album and ten songs from her sophomore CD, Face This World.