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Three Chords and the truth!
Roots Country Music, Born of Gin Halls and Juke Joints –
Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure. The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Belles are widely known for captivating shows featuring their own take on classic and obscure vintage-country, Americana, folk-revival and roots-country tunes, with their own witty originals sprinkled in. They’ve been compared with the Pistol Annies, Dixie Chicks and The Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris & Linda Ronstadt). The 'Belles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline - they have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience.
Chrissy Dzioba - Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Sara Moilanen - Vocals and Bass Guitar
Kimberly Unger - Vocals and Fiddle
They released their debut album, Whiskey Woman, on July 29, 2012 kicking off a full schedule of shows including coveted opening slots for country stars Montgomery Gentry, Kentucky Headhunters, Lost Trailers and Cadillac 3.
They followed up their first album on November 30th, 2013 with the release of a raucous Christmas album aptly titled, Nothin’ Says Christmas Like Whiskey!
Both albums have garnered praise from Milwaukee Magazine, naming Whiskey Woman in their list of “Best Local Albums of 2012” and ranking Nothin’ Says Christmas Like Whiskey in their “Top 10 Picks for November 2013”.
Then in June, 2015 they released their third CD, a live album titled Tales from the Bootleggers' Ball. A fun-filled, larger than life album that gives the listener a taste of what it's like to hear the WhiskeyBelles in their element, performing live.
“One band that makes their performance look like more fun than legally allowed is the WhiskeyBelles. Blessed with decent chops, excellent harmonies and outstanding camaraderie and charisma the WhiskeyBelles delight audiences every night out.”
- Paddy Fineran - Scene262.com
The WhiskeyBelles have been nominated and awarded several WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) awards: Most notably they won the award for Americana/Bluegrass Artist of the Year and the coveted Peoples Choice Award.
Both of their studio albums (Whiskey Woman & Nothin’ Says Christmas Like Whiskey) have received wide-spread radio play across the U.S. and as far away as France and The Netherlands. The title track from their debut album, Whiskey Woman, recently climbed to #8 on the monthly Freeform American Roots Chart (FAR). The chart is assembled of reports from 130 radio stations world wide. FAR is compiled by John Conquest for 3rd Coast Music Magazine, the essential eNewspaper for American Roots music.
While working on a new album, the WhiskeyBelles have kept a busy schedule performing over 65+ shows a year. They’ve performed live on Fox 6 News for their local segments, "Wakeup" and “Studio A” and on NBC TMJ4 “Morning Blend” as well as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s online video music series, “Sound Check”. They were also thrilled to be a part of the WISN Channel 12 annual Christmas special, “Season to Celebrate”.
“The WhiskeyBelles is not your typical Milwaukee band. Not even taking into account the band’s entirely female populace, the outfit expertly toes the line of talented original act and more than capable cover band. Its upbeat and experienced melding of country, folk and Americana proves a welcome resident to dive bars and massive outdoor festivals alike. And at the tender age of two, the trio has managed to garner growing consideration from local promoters… not to mention a few Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards along the way.” - Tyler Maas, Milwaukee Magazine.