We are happy to
announce the release of our fourth CD, Sound Judgment. Itís
another diverse set of songs with an ever expanding group of
singers, with some adult contemporary, pop, rock, Americana,
western swing and modern country. We are pleased to be able to
work with some of the same singers weíve worked with in the
past, Dave Collaton, Tim Daley, Jeff Hendrick, Elise Lieberth and
Jon Statham, and itís also great to find new singers like
Christie Gerwinat, Meghan Knight and Connie Lopez. Instrumentation
and production duties were shared by Jeff Hendrick, Jim Hendrick
and Andy Kemp, all tied masterfully together by Jim Hendrick.
Thanks to all for a job well done. This CD, as well as the
previous 3 can be purchased from our Home Page, as well as our
We wrote a song about
shrimping in the Gulf with the hope that it would help out the
folks who were making a documentary about that declining industry
down in SW Florida. They liked it well enough to use throughout
the film. The documentary previewed at the Fort Myers Beach Film
Festival to rave reviews and won the Peopleís Choice Award. We
are pleased to have had a small part in this project. Watch Pink
Gold Rush here: http://www.pinkgoldrush.com/
and listen to our song with the same title.
We are honored to have
three of our songs included in a documentary about suicide
prevention called If You Only Knew What You Left Behind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kiqViVazhY&feature=youtu.be
Canít Say It Enough, Here With Me and Pretty Good Place are well
placed in this excellent and worthwhile watching documentary.
We were Finalists in
the SongDoor Songwriting Contest for 2013 with Out Of Love. As if
that honor wasnít enough, three other songs, Second Chance,
About That and Red Rose were Honorable Mentions in the Country
category and Awakening was an Honorable Mention with Special
Recognition in the Soft Rock category. What an awesome experience!
Jim and Ricki added a
video to their website to a new song called "Out of
Love" recorded and performed by Jeff Hendrick from Denver.
The song originally called "Meant To Be" was
critiqued by SOWI and re-worked and emerged with some new lines
and a new title. It's quickly becoming one of their favorite
songs from their ever expanding catalog. Since their
partnership began three short years ago, Ricki and Jim have
recorded about 70 of the 90 songs they've written. As of
this writing, they have four new songs being recorded.
Please watch and listen on our Videos
Ricki and I just
released our third CD called TECOS (third eclectic collection of
songs) and on this CD we feature six different singers. We
have a very diverse CD musically speaking with some contemporary
country, folk, country rock, pop ,country swing, a Gospel tune and
some Bakersfield country. The vocalists are Elise Lieberth
and Jeff Hendrick from Denver, CO., Dave Collaton from Ft. Myers
Beach, FL and Tim Daley, Jen Friend and Jon Statham from
Nashville. Instrumentation and production were by Jim Hendrick and
Jim Purtell was the executive producer.
Wisconsin Public TV has selected "Before It's
Too Late" a song Ricki and Jim wrote about teen suicide for a
program airing state-wide in Wisconsin on December 11, 2012.
Stoney Beach Music will be offering a free download of the
song following the airing until December 31, 2012.
Jim and Ricki were notified that their song
"The Price" was picked up for a short Indie film in LA
called "The Company".
Ricki and I placed in two different SOWI
(Songwriters Of Wisconsin, International) song contest categories.
In the Open Category "Can't Say It Enough" took
second and in the Rock/Pop category "Awakening" took
second place. Ricki and I were named Songwriters of the
Ricki and Jim are busy composing new songs and
several were selected by an LA based company that provides songs
to advertising, movie and TV outlets. The documentary Duty,
Honor, Country: Betrayal is in post production and should be
released soon. Jim is the associate producer of that film
and Ricki and Jim have five musical cues in that documentary.
Ricki and Jim have been in conversations with another
independent filmmaker in LA about using songs from their ever
expanding catalog. Ricki, Jim and Al Torsiello's CD Vietnam:
There and Back is now available at
www.vietnamthereandback.com and has received several very good
reviews. One song "Nobody Cared" is also in
the documentary referenced above.
Vocalist Elise Lieberth is
featuring a Bellos and Purtell song called "Rescue" on
her youtube channel. Check her out: Elise
Lieberth YouTube Page
Ricki and Jim placed five
songs in a documentary called "Duty, Honor Country:
Betrayal" which will be released shortly. Stay
tuned as there may be a soundtrack for this film. Ricki, Jim
and Al Torsiello placed a song called "Nobody Cared" in
the same documentary. This song will be featured in their
new CD called Vietnam: There and Back which will be
available soon at a site which is currently under construction
SECOS is now
available! We will be working this week to get it up on this
site (Direct), and on Reverb Nation....Stay tuned...
Ricki helped Jim and his
Vietnam Vet buddy Al Torsiello write a CD about our Vietnam
experiences which is being recorded and produced as of this
Our new album
"SECOS" will be available in about 10 days. Please
contact us to pre-order your copy, and watch here for the official
Colleen Miller, Jim Hendrick
and Jim Purtell teamed up once again to do a video to a Bellos
& Purtell composition called "Almost
There". The team interpreted the song in this video to
be about a grieving widow who is considering another romance after
losing her husband in Iraq. She has met another guy who she
cares for a lot and she's "Almost There" with regard to
making the commitment. Elise Lieberth from Denver, CO
did the vocals for this video.
Ricki and Jim
recently wrote a song to honor Korean War veterans after Jim
attended an event honoring his uncle at the Highground Veterans
Memorial in Neillsville, WI. The Korean War
is commonly called the forgotten war and the veterans who
fought in that war were referred to as forgotten
veterans. Ricki and Jim picked up on that theme and wrote a
song called "Forgotten No More". After the song
was completed, Jim decided to do another music video. Jim
recruited his sister Colleen Miller and with Jim Hendrick
they produced a moving music video called "Forgotten No
More". The song is performed by Jon Statham. The
video can be viewed on our Videos
page, as well as on YouTube.
||If I Close My
Eyes wins Tropicalia's Songwriting Contest. View
||Just released--New video
for "If I Close My Eyes". See it here first:
If I Close My Eyes on