Birmingham’s Belle Mina, not to be confused with the incorporated community, didn’t have the most auspicious of starts.
Singer/guitarist Michelle Lott had the ambition and drummer Sarah Bridges shared the dream with Michelle. At the beginning, they had an off-tuned piano, a guitar tuned to the piano, no mics, and two songs. Patience was tried, but the girls of Belle Mina pulled through. Alyssa Hicks was brought in for her talent- including her piano-tuning abilities-on the keys, new songs were written, and nuisances were sorted out.
Today, Belle Mina is one of Birmingham’s strongest bands. Their sound is accessible without being bland or conventional, and it is electric yet features folk elements. One might notice that they are one of the few local acts consisting of all females. And while sex does not determine the quality of a person’s music, it is always nice to see women playing in this city’s musical sea of men.
-Britty Reese, UAB Kaleidoscope