Rocks Off reached out to the artists playing this year's Houston Press Music Awards showcase Sunday, August 5, and asked them to introduce themselves. Here's what they sent back.
Rocks Off: When and where was your first gig in Houston, and how did it go?
Caretta Bell: My very first gig was with Brothas From Another Planet at some club off of Bissonnet. It's been so long ago I can't remember the name! I do however remember it being AWESOME :-)
RO: What Houston-area venues do you play most often?
CB: I'm at Fox Hollow once a month as well as Phil & Derek's.
RO: How often do you play in the area?
CB: I play in Houston several times throughout the month. You can always check out the "events" tab at www.carettabell.com to see where I'm performing.
RO: Describe your sound in eight words or less.
CB: Soulful, Sassy, Sexy, & Sweet.
RO: How did you come up with your name?
CB: It actually happens to be my, you know, government name. Ha! I was named after my grandmother Laretta Hawkins.
RO: Where would you like yourself or your band to be in one year? Ten years? Forty?
CB: I'd like to be traveling a bit more and continuing to grow as an artist and musician...making music that people connect with.
RO: What is one thing you'd like to do (as a musician) before you pack it in?
CB: I've been blessed to do so much already, so whatever else happens is icing on the cake!
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Caretta Bell plays the HPMA showcase 8 p.m. Sunday, August 5, at Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge, 1201 San Jacinto.