Rising from the ashes of the defunct DesChamps Band to fulfill a commitment, the Belleville Outfit played its first gig at the prestigious MerleFest in 2007. Its blend of jazz, Americana and gypsy swing was an instant hit, leading to a full-time commitment from the players, and ultimately, studio time. Since settling in Austin, Texas, the band has taken a unique form that's impressive in its maturity and style.
The debut album Wanderin' captures the rich musical heritage of the Outfit's influences, coming across with skill and confidence that often eludes such a young group. The album kicks off with a little twang on "Somebody Like You," then jumps to the Django-esque "Caroline." Vocalist Rob Teter shares the microphone with the lovely voice of violinist Phoebe Hunt, and the gentle lead acoustic-guitar work of Marshall Hood complements both of them quite well. 4 stars
The Belleville Outfit performs at Eddie's Attic Fri., Feb. 8.
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