Alt-country/roots-rock singer-songwriter Rico Bell
is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (playing guitar, accordion, melodion, harmonica, and keyboards), as well as a compelling storyteller whose good-natured humor belies a darker worldview. Bell
began recording for the Bloodshot label with 1996's The Return of Rico Bell
; he followed it up with 1999's Dark Side of the Mersey
, which featured his backing unit the Snakehandlers.