“Celebration of Life” Set for Richard Bell in Nashville

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Beloved Keyboard Player for Janis Joplin and The Band Will be Remembered on Sunday August 26 at Lyrix

(Nashville, TN) August 21, 2007 — Renowned Canadian keyboardist, Richard Bell, who played with Janis Joplin and The Band, will be remembered by fans, friends, and colleagues, in a “Celebration of Life” service at 2:00 p.m. this Sunday, August 26, at Lyrix Music Bar and Cafe, 94 Peabody St., in Nashville.

Bell, who passed away in Toronto on June 15, began his professional career in the ‘60s as a member of Toronto band, the Last Words. He joined rockabilly artist, Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks as a keyboardist in the mid-‘60s. In 1969, he was approached by Albert Grossman, Janis Joplin’s manager, and was recruited for her Full Tilt Boogie Band. He played on her final studio album, Pearl. Bell joined The Band in 1991, performing on their albums, High on the Hog, Jubilation, and Jericho, for which he penned “Caves of Jericho.” An accomplished musician on piano, organ and accordion, Bell played on over 400 albums during his career, and performed with Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Joe Walsh, Paul Butterfield, The Cowboy Junkies, Bruce Cockburn, and Bonnie Raitt. In addition, he produced a number of albums and worked on several film soundtracks.

At the time of his death, Bell was a member of the country-rock group, Burrito Deluxe, performing and contributing songs to their recent CD, Disciples Of The Truth. He also had been continuing his work on stage and in the studio with long-time collaborators, Colin Linden, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings and Pork Belly Futures.

For more information, please contact: Colin Linden @ 615.594.7377 or e-mail: