Based out of Louisiana’s finest music and arts city, but with hometowns littered across the United States, the Belleville Outfit serves up a truly unique mix of gypsy swing, big band jazz, and roots Americana/Bluegrass. Both innovative in their combining of genres, and true to their musical roots, the Belleville Outfit, though young, has already solidified itself as a tour-de-force in the world of acoustic music.
Teter, Hood and Brown toured extensively with a group based out of South Carolina called the DesChamps Band, an all acoustic swing/bluegrass group that has shared stages with such prestigious acts as The Waybacks, Junior Brown, the Del McCoury Band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the Duhks, and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, as well as released two full length records under the guidance of celebrated Nashville producer and Marshall Tucker Band Alumnus, Paul Riddle.
Now, as the Belleville Outfit, with the additional talents of Austin's own Phoebe Hunt on violin, Connor Forsyth on piano, and Jonathan Konya on the drums, the group is poised to introduce their inventive sound into the ears of anyone and everyone who will listen.
From Spartanburg, SC, Rob Teter is a singer-songwriter, and original member of South Carolina's DesChamps Band. Rob got his start playing southern rock a-la Lynard Skynard with fledgling Austin guitarist Marshall Hood. After squandering his youth playing the devil's music, Rob picked up an acoustic guitar an began writing his own material. You can find Rob at various New Orleans spots, including but not limited to Banks St. Bar (trying not to get shot), Robert's, the Maple Leaf, and of course, Miss Mae's, or hanging around the Loyola music school pretending to be a legitimate musician
From Tulsa, OK, Connor Forsyth is a stride player, and a gypsy beyond the shadow of doubt, often being compared to the ultra-fast sound of Oscar Peterson. He currently studies under New Orleans lengedary pianist, Ellis Marsalis. You can find Corndog locked in his jail cell/brewery known as Biever Hall. That's right folks, he brews his own beer, that is, until the powers that be told him he couldn't do that anymore. It's called Corndog ale, and in drops in stores world-wide in 2079.
From Norwalk, Ct, Drummer Jonathan Konya, is possibly the most versatile member of the group. He currently studies under New Orleans’ own Johnny Vidacovich, and is rapidly becoming one of the most talented young drummers to begin working in the city in the last year. You can usually find Jon at the far end of Adams street, sitting on his porch in his underwear. Read about him more at his site www.jonathankonya.com
Also from Spartanburg, SC Jeff Brown is the hardest working man in show-biz today. Consistently holding it down as the Bass Assassin, Jeff holds down the lowest register of the Belleville Outfit. In his own words, "You'll have to forgive me sir, I'm not so smart when it comes to thinkin' about stuff."
Yet another Spartanburger, Marshall Hood plays the big curly afro. Now living in Austin, Marshall is quickly becoming the premier big curly afro player in the city. Check him out with Warren Hood and the Hoodlums or The Phoebe Jeebies at Momo's on Sunday nights.
And last, but most definitely not least, Ms. Phoebe Hunt, from Austin, TX. Not only did she take home the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin from Mark O'Connor's fiddle camp in 2006, she plays in a band full of dudes, all younger than her. Quite a feat. Coming in at a whopping 22 years old, she's the grandma, and tries to keep all the boys from killing themselves/eachother.
The Belleville Outfit is:
Rob Teter (guitar, vocals)
Connor Forsyth (piano)
Jonathan Konya (drums, vocals)
Jeff Brown (bass, vocals)
Marshall Hood (guitar, vocals)
Phoebe Hunt (violin, vocals)