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Bethel Steele / Press

“Steele knows how to tell a great story, adorn it in bright musical colors and deliver confidently... [with a] deep, beautiful cognac flavored voice surrounded by a wealth of original material. Bethel is confident and sings with authority... Bethel has eyes, ears and heart open, pencil sharpened and sees what many other artists seem to miss.”

“Radio Nowhere Favorites of 2012, WMSC 90.3FM, Joltin Joe, The Mad Scientist, Host: #6 Bethel Steele Of Love and Whiskey: Look out World! Pure Goodness! Any performer that can bring my wife to tears is a winner!”

“Bethel Steele is a sultry-voiced young folk performer a far cut above the average. The album as a whole is by turns tinged with pleasant soul, jazz, and country elements. But I was most gratified by the sheer virtuosity of some of these songs, which, featuring sterling arrangements and backed by a very fine lineup of musicians, more than occasionally reach the bardic heights of Van Morrison at his best. I am thinking in particular of songs such as the emotionally evincing and superlative title track, the moody and resonant “Far Woods,” and the elegaic “Eighty-Five.””

“Bethel Steele doesn't say that Ani DiFranco is a big influence. But she sounds as good as Ani, to my ears.”

“Bethel Steele writes simple and direct poetry, and sets it to beautiful music. She writes in the first person, and I get the sense that she has lived these songs, even if they did not all happen to her as described in the lyric. She sings in a smoky alto, and she never raises her voice. But the emotions come through loud and clear. At the festival, she appeared solo, with just her guitar for accompaniment, and her songs worked that way. But, on the album, she is backed by a small band, and she makes particularly good use of cello and fiddle. She proves to be a very talented arranger, and her songs shine as a result. The singer-songwriter movement started in the early 1970s. By now, it can be called a tradition, and with Bethel Steele, it is in good hands.”