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The Belleville Outfit is a cross-genre American folk band based out of Austin, Texas. Their sound has been described as "a mix of gypsy swing, big band jazz and cross-genre Americana music". In April 2007, after three days of practice, they performed their first gig at MerleFest in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Members Rob Teter and Marshall Hood are from Spartanburg, South Carolina. Additional band members were recruited through connections Rob had made while studying music business at Loyola University New Orleans of New Orleans, Louisiana. Fellow students Jonathan Konya and Connor Forsyth left New Orleans for Austin to join the band that was to become The Belleville Outfit. Marshall Hood invited Austin's darling Phoebe Hunt, who had been playing with the folk band The Hudsons out of Austin for four years. When the original bassist Jeff Brown retired from the Belleville Outfit, Connor brought in Nigel Frye, a talented bassist Connor knew from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After releasing Wanderin' in February 2008 and Time to Stand in May 2009, the band was nominated for "best new and emerging artist" by the Americana Music Association.

Although the band is based in Austin, The Belleville Outfit is named for New Orleans, Louisiana, where Rob, Jon, and Connor met while studying the business of music management. Belle Ville means 'beautiful city' in French.

History

After DesChamps "Champ" Hood (August 16, 1952 - November 3, 2001) of Uncle Walt's Band died, nephew Marshall Hood returned to Spartanburg, South Carolina inspired to play the guitar. Marshall Hood formed The DesChamps Band in March 2002 with friends Rob Teter and The Belleville Outfit's original bassist Jeff Brown. A year later, they recruited Matt Parks on fiddle to help create a tighter and more intimate vocal section. They regularly performed songs from the Uncle Walt's Band and eventually released 2 CDs. In April 2007, The DesChamps Band played a reunion performance (sans Parks) in Spartanburg. Phoebe Hunt, Conor Forsyth and Jonathan Konya were invited to perform as special guests that evening. A few days later, Teter, Marshall Hood & Brown, along with Hunt, Forsyth and Konya played as The Belleville Outfit at MerleFest. Although they perform and record mainly their own original material today, The Belleville Outfit continues to include songs from the Uncle Walt's Band in their shows as well as each of their CDs. On February 2, 2011, the band announced they would be disbanding.