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Eight Belles is Jessi Phillips and a cast of multi-talented supporting players who create original yet classic sounding country music. The material is delicately layered by the instrumentation of drummer Shaun Lowecki, bassist Christian Carpenter, and guitarist Henry Nagle, with Jessi’s large, richly complex voice and striking imagistic lyrics at the forefront.
Though she now lives in Oakland, California, Jessi grew up on a farm in Michigan under the feet of a father who made his living as a professional country and bluegrass singer, guitarist, and fiddle player. Music ran as an undercurrent in her upbringing and she began writing her own pop and country tunes in early twenties.
Eight Belles calls to mind classic country and folk artists such as Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, and Laura Nyro, as well as modern female singer-songwriters like Neko Case, Jenny Lewis, Gillian Welch, and Patty Griffin. Though she has worked extensively as a solo performer, Eight Belles now includes drums, bass, lead guitar, and occasional violin and banjo.
Jessi has shared bills with Fred Eaglesmith, Emily Jane White, Beat Beat Whisper, Greg Ashley, Rachel Fannan (of Sleepy Sun), Quinn Deveaux, Ash Reiter, Big Eagle, Metal Mother, 21st Century, All My Pretty Ones, Andru Bemis, Martha Bassett, TV Mike & the Scarecrows, & many others.