Violet Bell cites a wide range of influences – from Debussy to Neil Young, D’angelo to Lou Reed, their unique sound blends folk, soul, bluegrass, blues, and classical. On stage, the energy between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive. Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has played over 250 shows, earning fans from FL to VT with long stretches on the road.
Violet Bell’s live performance is the heart of their work in the studio. On their 2017 debut Dream the Wheel, Ross sings and plays guitar, as Ruiz-Lopez adds violin, viola, cello, keys, guitar and vocal harmonies. The result is alchemical; emotionally evocative music that at times “sounds like a beautiful dream turned sudden nightmare.” (IndyWeekly)
Violet Bell is currently recording their follow-up LP, Honey in my Heart, with percussionist Austin McCall (Kaira Ba) and co-producer Jason Richmond. Honey in my Heart is shaping up to be a colorful expansion of Violet Bell’s widening palette of rhythm, melody and emotion.