Ollabelle formed during the post-9/11 days of 2001 at Sunday night gospel music sessions humorously dubbed "Sunday School for Sinners" held in a small bar called 9C (so named for its location at the corner of East 9th Street and Avenue C on Manhattan's Lower East Side).
Ollabelle combine black Southern gospel, rural blues, Appalachian music and roots rock.
Ollabelle's self-titled debut album from 2004, produced by musician, and songwriter T-Bone Burnett.
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I first came upon Ollabelle when it was suggested as an artist on a Sunday Morning Music Club I used to run. The album launched a great conversation with references to films like Oh Brother, Where Art Though and other singers like Lee Dewyze, Hozier and ZZ Ward
They say the devil has the best tunes but with Ollabelle I think Jesus and Co are fighting back.
Ollabelle's album sounds like it could have been recoded any time in history, the dual female vocals give all the songs so much depth and soul.
A great album to dive into and wallow in.