Local country music duo finds success from ‘Middle of Nowhere USA’

Visalia natives Terra Bella release third single with video shot in their hometown of Visalia


VISALIA – A husband and wife duo who hail from Visalia released their third single earlier this month. 

Terra Bella announced the release of its latest country music single “Middle of Nowhere USA” in a Jan. 21 post to the band’s Facebook page: “At midnight we released our third single #MiddleofNowhereUSA to country radio! Written by Joe Costa & Dustin Huff. Whether you’re a longtime fan or just joining this rodeo, be ready for the INCREDIBLE ride this year. xo Joe & Martina.”

The couple have said the song is special to them because it was filmed in their hometown of Visalia. Originally from the Central Valley, Joseph “Joe” and Martina Costa’s agricultural roots prepared them for the intense routine and dedication that’s necessary for establishing a career in the entertainment business.

“We are big ‘Ag-Vocates,” Martina says on the band’s web site. “Being involved in the FFA in high school taught me morals and values. It really made me the woman I am today.” 

“As the son of a third-generation farmer, I’ve always had a healthy work ethic,” adds Joe. “The care and keeping of land and livestock will teach you that, but also about yourself and who you strive to be.” 

Now performing together for the better part of a decade, Terra Bella has toured primarily up and down the West Coast and across the United States playing clubs, theatres, and rodeos as well as opening for national acts such as Blake Shelton, Lee Brice, and Montgomery Gentry to name a few.

In August of 2013, the couple decided to move 2,200 miles east to “Music City “ and further pursue their artistry. Immediately fulfilling their purpose as a regular member of the songwriting community. Joe has since acquired a cut on Luke Combs’ platinum-selling album This One’s For You with the song “Don’t Tempt Me.”

Terra Bella was introduced to esteemed producer/guitarist, Johnny Garcia, who began to coach and produce Terra Bella’s material in between tour legs with Garth Brooks. Garcia recognized Martina’s emotional-charge and energetic delivery paired with Joe’s perceptive songwriting and fluid guitar licks define Terra Bella’s authenticity—communicative story-telling with a Bakersfield edge, beautiful harmonies, and a test to time. Their shared passion and respect for country music and the love held for each other is evident whether on or off the stage.

“It runs through my veins,” said Joe after the release of their first single. “Us being husband and wife is the biggest thing in my life, but right under that is country music.”

That single, “You’ve Got That Somethin’,” scored the duo’s first Billboard Indicator (No. 51) and Music Row (No. 42) charting song. The release of There’s A Country Song allowed Joe and Martina to reinvent their brand to more accurately represent their roots. With Garcia as co-producer alongside Joe, the album comprised of nine songs came to life in the Costa’s home studio and influenced their placement on Billboard’s Country Artists to Watch in 2018 list stating, “She [Martina] has the heartfelt quality of a Patty Loveless, while he [Joe] borrows from the Haggard/Jones school with an emotional subtlety.” 

It is likely that Terra Bella is country music’s next legendary powerhouse couple. Not bad for a couple from the middle of nowhere in the middle of California.

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