Fort Collins-based Americana-inspired singer-songwriter Bethel Steele began her career in Boston, Massachusetts, and has toured from Portland, Maine, to Austin, Texas, slinging songs and sharing stories. Something of an amalgam of Lori McKenna, Ani DiFranco, Lucinda Williams and Neil Young, Steele's sound is the combination of a smoky alto voice and a wide range of guitar playing styles. Her songs explore the intrinsic beauty in whiskey-soaked one night stands, the stories of thrill-seekers and the unrelenting passage of time. Says Kelly Walker of Sundilla Radio Hour, Steele "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."
Steele's latest release, 2015's "Shadows and Light," is a six-song studio project produced and engineered by long-time friend, the producer Neale Eckstein of Fox Run Studio in Sudbury, Massachusetts. The EP features performances by Boston music scene staples Tom Bianchi (Baker Thomas Band), Charlie Rose (Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, Jonathan Edwards, Josh Ritter and Rose Cousins), Adam Michael Rothberg, and Pat Wictor (Brother Sun).
Steele's three other studio records are "Broken Record" (2013), "Of Love and Whiskey" (2012) and "Come Home" (2009). Her songwriting and performance has been recognized in a number of prestigious festivals. She was named a Kerrville New Folk finalist in 2013 and 2016, a Wildflower! Singer Songwriter Competition finalist in 2016, a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist in 2013, and a CTFolk Singer Songwriter Competition finalist in 2013. Additionally, Steele was awarded a grant from Club Passim's Iguana Music Fund in 2013 to share music and speak in schools and LGBTQ-focused groups.