Great singer with a David Lynch connection

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By Gig Scene Editor Graham Chalmers

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know, goes the old adage.

It’s something I’ve never believed in (having been brought up on the ideas of fairness and merit) or, rather, it’s something I’ve never wanted to believe in.

It’s a failing, I know, especially in a journalist.

The latest evidence of just how wrong I am came last week when I received an email from San Francisco from a Harrogate friend who’s an American and a musician.

He was telling me how he was just about to play a show in that most special of cities.

Then he was due to travel with the band to LA where they would be introduced on stage by none other than Twin Peaks director David Lynch.

The reason for this is simple.

The band are the backing musicians for talented and gorgeous singer Chrysta Bell whose brilliant debut album The Train just happened to be produced by the famous filmmaker responsible for classic movies such as Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive.

This explains why the band is able to play gigs across the US and Europe and, even, Australia - such is the power of beauty backed by genius.

And the reason my good friend is in the band (apart from ability)?

Songwriter, performer and model , Chrysta’s from San Antonio, Texas, my friend’s from Austin, Texas, if I remember correctly. and he got the gig through a musician friend of a musician friend.

From what I’ve heard, Miss Bell and the band sound like a cross between Lana Del Ray and Massive Attack and are well worth the hype.

There’s a chance to see what all the fuss is about when they play Brudenell Social Club in Leeds live next Thursday night, May 23. I will certainly be there.

Despite his patronage, I don’t expect to see Mr Lynch himself at the Brudenell bar next week ordering a pint of the venue’s amazingly cheap beer.

More live acts have been added to a brand new music festival in Knaresborough called Bedfest.

Held at Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre on the same day as the annual Bed Race (June 8), it boasts six hours of continuous live music on two stages.

The line-up of acts now includes FOLD, who’ve won airplay on BBC6 Music and a nomination in the Independent Music Awards, Rob Reynolds, Recovery, The Blue Chords, The Superlatives, Fiona Holt, Hellfire Jack and After The Rain.

Entry is free.

Local promoters Ripley Blues certainly have their fingers on the blues pulse.

Muddy Water’s son Mud Morganfield, who has been booked to play Ripley Town Hall on Saturday, July 13, turned up on primetime British TV recently in a documentary show called Perspective where actor/comedian Hugh Laurie followed the blues trail in the Deep South of the USA.

Meanwhile, Ripley plays host to Hokie Joint + Dave Acari this Saturday night, May 18, and then there’s a double header to look forward to with John Crampton and Lucy Zirins on Saturday, June 1.

Threadfest really does sound like an interesting festival.

To be held in Bradford from May 24-26, as well as indie bands and heavy bands, it’s got a real spirit of adventure and experimentation.

For example, post punk legends The Mekons are taking part in The Angel of Hisory, surrealist encounters hosted by The Cafe Despard Cabaret, while Glaswegian improvisers Jer Reid and Stevie Jones are performing, too.