Nestled in the heart of downtown Staunton, Virginia the Darjeeling CafÃ© provides much needed opportunities to experience both the local and traveling performance circuits. Last weekend I was lucky enough to catch just such an event and see Christopher Bell of Silent Home Records play.
Described as â€œcello-rockâ€ Chris creates a sound that is oddly both fractured and smooth. An early 90â€™s alt rock vocal quality paired with cleanly invigorating cello work makes for a surprising and welcome break from the melodic orchestral folk (of which, donâ€™t get me wrong, I am a huge fan) genre.
Check out his bandcamp for his most recent self-titled album, featuring my two personal favorites â€œHoping for a Rescueâ€ and â€œYoung at Heartâ€, as well as earlier releases.
Live photo of Christopher Bell at Darjeeling Cafe courtesy Jack Morgan.