Thursday, March 9, 2017

Bebe Buell and The Rebel Souls to perform at Joe’s Pub in New York City on April 4th and 5th

One artist whose decades-long career seems to have never stopped evolving is the legendary and iconic Bebe Buell. It would be a near insurmountable task to touch upon the amazing adventures and achievements of her life in just a few introductory sentences. Rather than attempt to recap this innovators incredible history, the spotlight here shines on her exciting new endeavors. Links to wonderful in-depth pieces already written about Bebe are included throughout this feature, providing insight into her remarkable career.

The ever inventive singer, songwriter / harmonica player / storyteller and Mother Of Rock N' Roll will debut her all-new live show “Baring It All” at Joe’s Pub in New York City on April 4th and 5th. The show promises a unique blend of her decades spanning songs combined with storytelling from her extraordinary rock-n-roll life. Bebe’s sonic engine will be her dynamic duo, The Rebel Souls which features her husband, guitarist Jimmy Walls and drummer Mindy Wright.

Photos from their recent show in Nashville by @nadineroxx

For more information on how to get tickets to either of these two show, follow this link

Photo by Emily Beaver

For anyone interested in an incredible rock history read, look no further than her best selling autobiography, "Rebel Heart; An American Rock And Roll Journey" published by St. Martin's Press in 2001.

It's a remarkable can't-put-down page turner account of Bebe's life from the early 1970's up through the time of it's publishing in 2001.  Detailed insight into the interpersonal behavior of key figures from the most influential rock bands and solo artists of all time is an eye opening education.

Bebe has come a long way since then, as she continues to carve out a place for herself as a singer, songwriter, musician and storyteller.  This site first covered Bebe's full rock band live show at The Highline Ballroom in New York City on July 5, 2012 during that year's CBGB's Festival.

That year had her doing a number of shows promoting then current album "Hard Love"

That record stands out for a number of well produced, cleverly crafted classic rock songs.  "The Devil You Know" weaves spirit animal imagery via structured lyrics delivered in a passionate style.  "Got It All Wrong" jumps with the heavy beat by song collaborator (and current Guns N' Roses drummer) Frank Ferrer as she sings in an Iggy Pop (circa Brick By Brick) style about how "the time has come to stop the fiction."  The whole record benefits from huge power chords delivered by producer and co-writer on most of the songs, Jimmy Walls.

Speaking of Jimmy (who has been married to Bebe coming up on 18 years now), he has an interesting back history as well.  As a founding member of 1980's psychedelic hard rock band Das Damen, he honed his playing style in the era Thurston Moore got his Ecstatic Peace label off the ground, while landing prime opening spots for emerging powerhouse acts like Nirvana.  In fact, their 37 minute opening spot for that most-successful-of-all-time grunge band can be viewed in it's entirety here on YouTube.  From that performance you can see how Jimmy was developing a playing style that would ultimately lead up to the role he now plays as Bebe's primary writing partner.

In May of 2012 Bebe visited Nashville after being invited to sing on Plowboy Records' Eddy Arnold tribute album, "You Don't Know Me."  As one of the central figures of the stage production Million Dollar Quartet, Arnold is currently depicted in CMT's wonderful adaption "Sun Records."

That experience would serve as a catalyst for her eventual move to that city in 2013.  The lure of the South's first "Music City" can be powerful and Bebe has been quoted as saying how you don't really choose to live there but rather "it chooses you."  Her subsequent professional relationship with musician Shannon Pollard (Eddy’s grandson and co-founder of Plowboy Records) saw him playing drums in her live band for a number of significant shows.

Bebe experienced an epiphany with her live Nashville debut on Mother’s Day 2014 at the famed Bluebird Cafe.  She has since gone on to perform three sold out shows there, establishing a fan base in this city as well.

Photo by @ginafrary

This past February 14th (yes, Valentine's Day) saw Bebe and her Rebel Souls perform “Baring It All” at another favorite Nashville venue 3rd And Lindsley.  That show was so well received, it only made sense the next performances should take place in New York City.


Playing drums for the Rebel Souls is newest member Mindy Wright. As an already established drummer on the Nashville scene, Mindy’s studious drive for excellence combined with her love for classic artists and the hardest rockers (with Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Chet Atkins, Cream, Rush, Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder as noted favorites) makes her a perfect fit for Bebe’s Rebel Souls.

When not playing shows with her own band, Bebe will frequently join in with hot Nashville band Thee Rock N' Roll Residency as a guest vocalist.  That band is part of a thriving rock scene that one might not initially realizing is happening in the country music capital of the world.

She’s also appeared on New York stages when invited to participate in special occasions. Once again at the CBGB Fest in 2013 here – as well as one of her iconic photos being displayed in that festivals headquarters gallery in 2014.

As I said at that time,there's something a bit surreal about taking a photo of another photo (if you look closely you can see my hand "ghosted" just under Patti Smith's face). This classic Bob Gruen image continues to reappear in the ongoing annals of rock history, and rightly so as it is a perfectly captured moment in time.
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Another noteworthy New York appearance was for Max's Kansas City's 50th Anniversary Benefit Concert at The Cutting Room on January 14, 2016.  Check out her wonderful heartfelt performance of Lou Reed's "Satellite of Love" here.

Bebe returned to NYC later that year to participate in the literary salon event “Women of Letters”

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Currently in post-production is a short biographical film documenting the life and career of Bebe as a model, musician and muse.  The trailer can be viewed here:

Bebe - Trailer from Moderna Pictures on Vimeo.

Photo by Cory Rivard

What's next is the current power trio Rebel Souls show.

These two performances are a rare opportunity to catch Bebe and her band in classy intimate setting.

For additional reading on Bebe and her storied background, read this wonderfully detailed interview with celebrated photographer and blogger Alan Mercer.

For everything else Bebe related, check out her Official Site.

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Mirror said...

BP Fallon wrote:

Keep shaking a tailfeather, Bebe !!! Much love, BP x

Dave Cromwell - hi again & welcome

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Les Steinberg wrote:

This is really fine ...

That’s great that you used the black and white photo by Emily Beaver. I helped out with cropping it and putting the background in a soft focus.

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Patrice Mathevon wrote:

Thumbs Up on this feature!

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DaveCromwell said...

Pleased to see another legend weighing in here – the one and only BP Fallon! I've enjoyed getting to know BP (through media) over the years - and then at our eventual brief meetup (though our conversation was interesting and stayed with me). I love all the history of our rock scene. As a music writer, I get to chronicle much of it.

Nicely done with that photo assist there, Les. That particular shot really brings out Bebe's eyes.

And I love all the great rock photos you post on Social Media, Patrice.

Alan Mercer said...

This blog about Bebe Beull is one of the best I've ever read....thanks also for the link to my blog with Bebe!

DaveCromwell said...

You're very welcome, Alan.

The feature you put together is perfect insider source material for all things Bebe.

It's satisfying to know my piece here qualifies for your "best of" list.

Mirror said...

Julie Tunstill from Blackman, TN wrote:

Great article about my dear friend Bebe Buell. If you are anywhere near the NYC area in April, you definitely don't want to miss this!

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Bebe Buell‏ Verified account @BebeBuellBand Posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: …

Here we come NYC... @JoesPub

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Bebe Buell (@BebeBuellBand) retweeted:

Brand new #DaveCromwellWrites Music Feature - focusing on Bebe Buell and her upcoming New York shows!...
01:43 PM - 09 Mar 17
Retweeted Bebe Buell @BebeBuellBand
To 10K followers.

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@sweetemotion75 Posted on Twitter:

Great article about my dear friend @BebeBuellBand …

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Lynda Evjen Posted on Facebook:

So excited for you!

Sunrise Michiels Ghanem Posted on Facebook:

Rock that roof of that house beautiful !!!

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DaveCromwell said...

Social media posts from the featured artist are worth their weight in Gold. The high volume increase in views immediately generated is clearly a direct result from it.

For that, there is only eternal gratitude and appreciation.

The sweet comments from fans, followers and friends of this particular artist, however show the true measure of her influence.

These are sure to be special shows.

Mirror said...

Jody Porter wrote on Facebook:

Good writing David.

I saw her at Bob Gruen’s birthday bash a few years ago.

Great energy!

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Bebe Buell Posted on Twitter:

Glad you like @sweetemotion75 Psyched for the @JoesPub shows! Here's a more compact link to the feature: #bebebuell…
06:55 PM - 11 Mar 17
Retweeted by Bebe Buell @BebeBuellBand
To 10,127 followers

Bebe Buell Retweeted @MistyNYC

So excited for this @BebeBuellBand! @JoesPub #bebebuell #RockAndRoll #davecromwellwrites #newyorkcity #legend #love Misty
Bebe BuellVerified account @BebeBuellBand …
Here we come NYC... @JoesPub

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Ish Tuan Posted on Twitter:

Brand new #DaveCromwellWrites Music Feature - focusing on Bebe Buell and her upcoming New York shows!...

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Richard Deal Posted on Twitter:
Dave Cromwell Retweeted Julie Tunstill
Glad you like @sweetemotion75 Psyched for the @JoesPub shows! Here's a more compact link to the feature: #bebebuell

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DaveCromwell said...

Thanks for those good vibrations Jody!

I wish I had been at that party. ;-)

I hope to catch Bebe in Nashville one day as well.

It looks like there is a rising rock scene in that city right now.

Loving all the Tweets, re-tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook shares of this feature. The reach of being a "Nash Yorker" (and so much more) is certainly on display here.

Mirror said...

Richard Rushing wrote:

The show in Nashville was incredible. Bebe Buell is such a class act!

It's funny, years ago after Paramore made it big, I thought people would start paying more attention to what was happening here (besides the excellent alt-country scene), but it's taken much longer - there's more small and mid sized venues than ever before. + I personally think that Bebe Buell living here has had an impact... And Jack White. Third Man Records used to have vinyl 45's of new releases on Thursday afternoons but such huge crowds of people started showing up they had to stop and now they are producing music and publishing books. Most everyone in the music business has a place in Nashville but hardly any of them actually live here.

DaveCromwell said...

I wasn't really aware of it Richard - until I started looking closer at what Bebe was doing. Everyone hears about Austin all the time (especially this time of year - in the middle of March) - but I can see there is a budding rock scene growing there in "country music city."