Nathan Bell leads a relatively quiet life writing music and teaching guitar on Signal Mountain. But when he travels to the United Kingdom, he plays to sold-out rooms where fans know the words to even some of his older material.
He is so popular there that he was voted Male Performer of the Year in the 2017 AmericanaUK readers' poll. Runner-up was a guy named Jason Isbell. The two swapped places in the 2018 readers' poll. John Prine finished fourth that year, by the way.
Bell returns to Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., Thursday, Nov. 14, with a slew of new material. He released two albums simultaneously last year with "Er gwaetha pawb a phopeth" (In Spirit of Everyone & Everything) and "Loves Bones and Stars, Love's Bones and Stars." He just released "The Right Reverend Crow Sings New American Folk and Blues" and a limited-edition yellow vinyl single.
It features the songs "Heavey As A Talent (Billy Shakespeare's Blues)" and "To Each of Us (A Shadow)." He is currently recording a new studio album due out next year.
Thursday's show starts at 7:30 p.m. with Annie Mosher opening. Admission is $15.
Listen to Bell's conversation with TFP reporter Barry Courter here.