The Black Tongued Bells

The Black Tongued Bells

 Los Angeles, California, USA

Imagine if the Stones came from Louisiana...


Every tongue has a tale to tell and the Bells have got more than their share.

The Bells took their name from a Dylan Thomas poem and, in the winter of 2001, set out to create their own brand of roots music—dubbed "American Swamp". They tap everything from Roots Rock and Roll, Blues and Motown to Americana, Cajun and Gospel. Once forced to describe the Bells sound in a single sentence, Miner replied; "Imagine if the Stones came from Louisiana...they might sound like us".

The Bells are known for two distinctly different kinds of shows. The first is their Electrified Roots Rock 'n Roll Show for which they plug-in and are often joined by special guest artists. Their brand of roots music has proven to be a great fit on Blues, Rock, Americana and Country bills. They get along with everybody.

Their second show is an all acoustic "Swamp Opera" entitled; "That Great and Dreadful Day...Tall Tales from the American Swamp". A play of the musical theater variety, it employs the classic combination of storyteller and song with a cast of seven in period costume staged on a sharecroppers cabin set. Tales are told in story and song taking the audience on a journey through the Depression Era, the War Years and into the 1960s. And once the lightnin' strikes, one is hard-pressed to tell whether the tales were true, half-true, or just out 'n out lies. Sold-out performances and standing ovations continue to propel this production.

The Black Tongued Bells are:
D Miner, guitars, lead vocal
Anthony Cook, bass guitar, backing vocals
Ray Herron, drums, harmonica, squeeze box, bones, washboard, fiddle, backing vocals
Louis Cox, backing vocals, percussion
Mary Stuart, backing vocals, percussion