Bell House Band–Press Kit

Band Bio

Bell House Band

Winona, MN

Bell House Band plays Americana, folk, and original music on guitar, bass and Mandolin. Band members Connie Dretske, Bob Stuber and Jim Armstrong live in Winona, Minnesota.

Jim Armstrong is a former Poet Laureate of Winona, Minnesota. He was the recipient of a 2016 SEMAC grant which culminated in a performance at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum of songs and poems about his grandparents titled Ohio River Blues. “Cornbread,” one of the Ohio River Blues songs placed in the 2017 Great River Folk Fest’s song writing contest.

Connie Dretske was trained as a classical bassoon player but couldn’t find any gigs. So she picked up bass and now plays with Irish session band Patina in addition to The Bell House Band.

Bob Stuber has played and sung in a number of Southeast Minnesota folk bands, including Fiddler’s Green, The Zephyr Valley String Band, and Turkey Creek. He is also a live sound technician and sometimes sound designer.

Song Samples

Song Samples in single zip file(mp3)

Cornbread (Jim Armstrong, Live Recording, Cafe Congo, 2019)
Miss the Mississippi and You (Bill Halley, Live Recording, Cafe Congo, 2019)
Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (John Prine, Live Recording, Cafe Congo, 2019)
Immigrant Eyes(Guy Clark, Roger Murrah add. lyrics Jim Armstrong, Live Recording, Cafe Congo, 2019)
Texas Bluebonnets (Laurie Lewis, Live Recording, Cafe Congo, 2019)
Feel So Near (Dougie MacLean, Live Recording, Cafe Congo, 2019)
Ohio Blues (Jim Armstrong, Live Recording, Cafe Congo, 2019)

Songlist Selections

  • Across the Great Divide (Kate Wolf)
  • Branching Out (John Gorka)
  • Cornbread (Jim Armstrong)
  • Early (Greg Brown)
  • Feels so Near (Dougie MacLean)
  • From Clare to Here (Ralph McTell)
  • Honey Bee (Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, lyric arr. Jim Armstrong)
  • Honey of the Vine (Kreg Viesselman)
  • Immigrant Eyes (Guy Clark, Roger Murrah add. lyrics Jim Armstrong)
  • Last Bees (Jim Armstrong)
  • Miss the Mississippi and You (Bill Halley)
  • My Girl’s Waiting for Me (w. P.D., m. Dan Berggren)
  • Ohio Blues (Jim Armstrong)
  • Ready for the Times to Get Better (Allen Reynolds)
  • She Ain’t Going Nowhere (Guy Clark)
  • Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (John Prine)
  • Summer’s End (John Prine, Pat McLaughlin)
  • Texas Bluebonnets (Laurie Lewis)
  • Tow Rope Girls (C. Fox/Trad.)
  • Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison)
  • Tusla Queen (Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell)