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Josie's debut album, Can't Go Home (April 2019) has received positive reviews from press and media with comparisons to Brandi Carlile, Kim Richey and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The album is a collection of 10 original songs, and was produced and mixed by Mike Nugent and Kevin Kelly at The Workshoppe East in Huntington, NY.
(Josie's 2nd album, Have Purpose, Live Long is scheduled for release May 2020)
The album Can't Go Home has maintained a continuous presence on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Weekly Top 50 charts since June 15, 2019. The results for the "Best of 2019" RMR charts for this album are impressive -- #29 "Best of 2019" NYS RMR Album Chart, #36 "Best of 2019" National RMR Roots Rock Album Chart and #68 "Best of 2019" National RMR Rock Chart.
Eight individual tracks also appeared on both the National and New York State Roots Music Report Top 50 Song Charts: Hang Tough, Two Trains, Can't Go Home (title track), Dignity, Keep It in the Middle, So Much More, Crush and Mother's Love.
- Can't Go Home ranked at #6 on TME.fm radio's top 20 Albums of 2019.
- The title track from the CD appeared at #1 on Radio Guitar One's Folk Cut Chart on 8/8/19.
- The track "Hang Tough" from the CD appeared at #1 on Radio Guitar One's Folk Cut chart on 1/16/20.
- The track "So Much More" from the CD appeared at #1 on Radio Guitar One's Folk Cut chart on 3/5/20 & 3/19/20.
- The CD made an appearance on the Top 200 AMA Album Chart (Americana Music Association) on 8/6/19.
- Tracks from Can't Go Home have been added to over 100 American radio playlists.
International play is being reported by stations in France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium and Canada.
Josie has been featured on a variety of internet radio shows and podcasts including Acoustic Cafe, Crossroads, The Catskills Cafe, Country Stew, Folk Frontier, Folkal Point, Hillbilly Rockhouse, Landslide, Mostly Folk, Roots Revival, and live in the studio March 26, 2019 on the Facebook podcast Jimmy G's Church of Music.
Josie's in-studio interview with Artie Martello on his Catskill's Café show aired on WIOX-FM October 27, 2019 and can be found on mostlyfolk.org
The Official Video of "Can't Go Home" (the title track) premiered on the website Americana Highways on November 5, 2019, and can be found at AmericanaHighways.org and on YouTube where it has received over 6K views.
Josie's song Kit House was used in a "Playing for Change" style fundraising video for The American Giving Project and raised thousands of dollars for the charity. The performers featured in the video, including Josie & Frank Bello, are members of the music-centric Long Island charity The Organization of Open Mic Performing Artists, known by it's acronym OOMPA. The video was conceived, directed and produced by two talented father-son OOMPA members -- Frank & Rich Imburgio and Tony & Alex Scarlatos. The video can be found on YouTube.
Josie's music was featured on the "mini-concert" segment of "Hootenanny Café" on WTBQ 93.5FM hosted by Jon Stein on Sunday March 8, 2020 at 9PM. Listeners located in the NY Hudson Valley Region tuned in, and many fans world-wide were able to stream it live online!
Josie performs as a solo artist, as Duo Bello with her husband Frank Bello, and with her band, The Kit House Band
Josie has been invited to perform as a featured solo artist at numerous Singer-Songwriter showcases including Mark Newman's Songs From The Hive (5/29/19) and Huntington Folk Society's Hard Luck Café (1/16/20).
Duo Bello performs at various charitable events throughout the year including food drives to support local food pantries and at various warm-weather outdoor events throughout Long Island including the Huntington Village Art Walk, church fairs, and community festivals including the annual Stony Brook Community Church Apple Festival.
The Kit House Band has become a staple act at major Long Island Festivals, including the Long Island Fall Festival in Hecksher Park and is scheduled to appear at the Long Island Bluegrass and Roots Music Festival in Copiague on August 15, 2020.