BELLA WHITE RELEASES NEW SINGLE RHODODENDRON
CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH TAYLOR ASHTON
DATES KICK OFF THIS SATURDAY
“At just 22, Bella White is a songwriting prodigy and emotional alchemist.” – Grammy.com
“We very well may be talking about her being the ‘next one’ sooner than later.” – Saving Country Music
“Fantastic.” – Glide Magazine
“…her performance at The Optimist testified to the strength of her emergence in Americana music.” – Americana Highways
TORONTO, ON – October 12, 2022 – Today, Calgary-born singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Bella White, shares her new single, Rhododendron – a song that both encapsulates her stunning voice and her ability to pen a song that puts her own stamp on traditional country. Listen here.
Bella says, “I wrote Rhododendron on Mother’s Day while staying at my mum’s house during the middle of the pandemic. She was away and I was missing her. I looked out of her bedroom window and saw a robin building a nest. I began to think of the importance of mothers and daughters, and how hard our mothers -- or anyone who wears those shoes – works to keep us alive. I felt wistful and melancholy.”
Bella captured herself in the studio with her band recording Rhododendron for the song’s video, also released today. Watch the clip here.
Bella White’s live performances are as captivating as her music - Rolling Stone recently took notice and included her in their Best Things We Saw roundup of AmericanaFest. This Saturday (October 15) she heads off on a co-headlining tour with Taylor Ashton. The dates start in San Antonio, TX and conclude in Livermore, CA on October 29. All shows are listed below.
Today’s single is the follow up to The Way I Oughta Go, which was produced by Jonathan Wilson and features Buck Meek on guitar. White made her mark on the scene with the release of her debut album, Just Like Leaving. The LP caught the attention of Rounder Records, which signed her last year. While traditional bluegrass originated in Appalachia, the genre has surely found a safe and loving Canadian home via her songwriting. The twenty-two-year-old singer/songwriter and instrumentalist shies away from modern and fussy arrangements, and instead brings a traditional style of music into the contemporary moment by personalizing it to her own experiences. White has shown herself to be a star student of the bluegrass genre, with something new to bring to the table. Her ability to translate modern experience to an old sound is seamless and compelling, and permeates the boundaries of a regional genre with authentic singing and songwriting.
UPCOMIMG TOUR DATES:
10/15 - Paper Tiger - San Antonio,TX *
10/16 - Mohawk - Austin, TX *
10/17 - Tulips - Fort Worth, TX *
10/19 - Goosetown Tavern - Denver, CO *
10/20 - Community House at Colorado Chautauqua - Boulder, CO
10/22 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT *
10/24 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ *
10/25 - Last Exit Live - Phoenix, AZ *
10/27 - The Siren - Morro Bay, CA *
10/29 - Almost Famous Wine Lounge - Livermore, CA *
*= w/ Taylor Ashton
Additional praise for Bella White:
“Sublime Appalachian heartbreak.” - Rolling Stone
“White possesses an uncanny ability to capture the delicate nuances of heartache that’s often only mastered by veterans of the trade.” - Holler
“Just Like Leaving establishes White as a defining voice in the modern lineage of an heirloom musical tradition.” - American Songwriter
“On Just Like Leaving, we can feel White’s exquisite pain, her brimful sorrow, her tenacious joy in her lonesome, affecting vocals—which remind us, by turns, of Kitty Wells, Rhonda Vincent, and Donna Ulisse…White’s ingenious and playful lyrics fold into musical settings that capture the ragged ways we fall in and out of love.” - Folk Alley
“…beautiful and hauntingly penned songs and absolute control of her own and each song’s voice and narrative…There is just such a timeless quality to the subtle play between pain and optimism in White’s voice.” - Red Line Roots
“Shimmering with emotional purity, Bella White’s vocals invite us into her heart as she shares her miseries and her joys; even more, her resoundingly clear tone resonates with a vulnerability so that we feel as if she’s singing every song directly to us.” - Folk Alley
“Just Like Leaving is simultaneously old and new, retrospective and prescient, and everything in between. It’s the past, present and future, in other words, but not just of and for bluegrass, but of and for American music writ large.” - Old Grey Cat