Violet Bell cites a wide range of influences - from Debussy to Neil Young, Nina Simone to Lou Reed, their unique sound blends folk, soul, bluegrass, and classical. Their songs are otherworldly yet made from stuff of everyday life, exploring questions of intergenerational change, our relationship to Earth, and the human emotional experience.
Since their inception in March 2016, Violet Bell has played over 200 shows, earning fans from FL to VT with long stretches on the road. On stage, the energy between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive.
Violet Bell keeps live performance at the core of their debut release 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 "sounds like a beautiful dream turned sudden nightmare."(IW)
The album cover, a medicine wheel that Ruiz-Lopez and Ross crafted from local NC flora, speaks to the origins of the music. Violet Bell is rooted in the natural world and the community from which they’ve grown.