The Southern Belles / Press

“The Southern Belles play a Frank Zappa-esque amalgamation of country, jazz, rock and funk. With an emphasis on song craft and technical proficiency, the instantly ingratiating manner by which this Richmond quartet presents its genre-bending concoctions is embedded with a vitality and vigor that Beethoven would have surely approved. And if the two teaser tracks the group has released (the good-natured, vintage country jollity of "Shotgun" and the funky jazz rock of "Cadillac Desert") on its Bandcamp site (http://thesouthernbelles.bandcamp.com/) are any indication of what the rest of its debut, "Sharp as a Knife," has in store, The Southern Belles should be headed for the big time.”

Chris Bopst - Richmond Times-Dispatch

“According to Pit owner Ben Sproul, “These guys kill it, and are going places. Say you saw them on the way up! The Belles offer eclectic-sounding originals with energetic renditions of tunes that you know and love.”


“Getting ready to release their new album, Sharp as a Knife, and the band has made a couple tracks available for teaser purposes. "Cadillac Desert" will funk you up right, and "Shotgun" is a tasty treat of a tale with Two Man Gentleman Band tendencies.”


“The Southern Belles creates a perfect union of originals and covers, vocal-driven tunes and instrumental jamming, restraint and freedom, fun and professionalism. Their ability to instinctively communicate with one another was apparent right from the start, but as they’ve continued to play together this cultured ability has grown exponentially.”


“Take some good old-fashioned honky-tonk music, combine it with some psychedelic jam sessions and add in the high energy and hilarity of some bearded crazies and you get Cletus Belle, Neckbone Belle and Rusty Lugs, otherwise known as the Southern Belles. With a knack for having fun, this twangy local group provides plenty of entertaining music to get a hoedown started, complete with energetic, bluegrass-inspired versions of popular classic and contemporary songs. The Southern Belles perform at Cary Street Cafe on Friday, Dec. 23, at 10 p.m. $7. 359-3647.”