Americana-inspired Singer-Songwriter Bethel Steele has traveled from Portland, Maine to Austin, Texas slinging songs, sharing stories, smiles and hugs with listeners. Bethel was born and raised in upstate New York, has been based out of Boston, MA for the past 7 years and will be residing in Fort Collins, CO beginning in the Fall. Something of an amalgam of Lori McKenna, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams and Neil Young, Bethel’s sound is the combination of a smoky alto voice and a guitar playing style that ranges from percussive and driving to delicate and sweet. While exploring the intrinsic beauty in whiskey-soaked one night stands, the stories of thrill-seekers and the unrelenting passage of time, Steele’s songs will pick you up, set you to soar, and deliver you safely back to your seat.
Steele’s newest release, an EP called "Shadows and Light," is a 6-song project produced and engineered by Neale Eckstein of Fox Run Studios in Sudbury, MA. The intention of the record was to create a record that was both vulnerable and uplifting. Kelly Walker, Folk DJ of the Sundilla Radio Hour (WKCC, WITH), says this of the new project: "Bethel draws the listener in with songs that are clearly intensely personal, but reveal themselves to be true for us all. You cannot help but be moved and perhaps changed a little for the better in listening to them."