MIKE BELL & THE BELLTONES
– BARE BONE ROCKABILLY –
Mike Bell & The Belltones is a rockabilly band from Helsinki, Finland. The band was officially formed in late 2008 and they have since gathered a great following with their live shows all over Europe: Finland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, England, Austria and Switzerland.
At first Mike Bell & The Belltones was only a solo project for the singer Mike Bell. He had some songs that he recorded by himself and they were released on an EP “Let´s Rock Tonight”. In 2008 things changed when the lead guitarist Timo Kalijärvi convinced Mike to put the band together and the Finnish label Goofin Records signed them instantly.
The first Mike Bell & The Belltones album “Scream & Holler” was released in 2010 and it was recorded live in a vintage studio “Lightning Recorders” in Berlin. In 2011 they toured and made an EP ”Baby, Make a Move” with a 50´s rockabilly legend Huelyn Duvall. Their songs also appeared on international compilations such as Bear Family Records´ box set.
A new EP from the group will be released in October 2011 and the second Mike Bell & The Belltones album will be released in June 2012. They will also continue to tour the rockin´ clubs and festivals across Europe.
Mike Bell: Vocals & Rhythm guitar
Timo Kalijärvi: Solo guitar
Iikku Riepponen: Double bass
Japi Saario: Drum kit