Bells and Whistles is an eclectic five-piece band based in Rochester, MN. We play a splendid display of songs and genres, including 1950’s oldies, Reggae, Folk, Americana, Blues, and original songs.
Band members are: Marv Mitchell (bass, ukulele and vocals), Laurel Podulke-Smith (vocals), Darin Podulke-Smith (banjo and vocals), Randy Crawford (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Roger Nelson (lead guitar and vocals).
We formed as an offshoot of the cross-over blues band “The Nodding Wild Onions,” of which we are all current or former members. We named ourselves “Bells and Whistles” because Little Miss Bog Water and the Snotty Foxes was already taken. Each band member brings a unique aesthetic and style to the group, which gives us opportunity to blend musically.
Listeners will be struck by our velvety three and four part harmonies, as well as the joyful effervescence that radiates from the pleasure of playing the songs we love.