Featured Artist: The Lone Bellow
Before you discount The Lone Bellow as just another old-timey-dressed trio jumping on the neo-folk bandwagon, take a listen. They’re different.
Like many of today’s popular folk bands, most of their songs have melancholy undertones—after all, several were written during the healing time following a near-fatal tragedy singer Zach Williams’ wife endured. But the honest lyrics are sung in sweet-yet-strong harmonies, clearly influenced by the Southern country, folk, and gospel Williams grew up with. When combined with melodic guitar chords, moaning lap steel, and soft percussion, songs that might be otherwise sobering are in fact uplifting.
The tune “Teach Me to Know,” for instance, features subtle guitar and banjo melodies before a clap-along call-and-response chorus about being cautious in love. Their current hit single, “You Never Need Nobody” (from a recently released self-titled debut) is a piano-driven, harmonized ballad, during which a soulful choir backs Williams’ emotional croon. You’ll have trouble not singing along to the chorus by the end.
The original band is made up of singer/songwriter/guitarist Zach Williams, vocalist/mandolin-player Kanene Pipkin, and guitarist/vocalist Brian Elmquist—but on stage they’re joined by bassist Ben Mars, Brian Murphy on keys, Matt Knapp on lap steel and electric guitar, Jason Pipkin on banjo and mandolin, and drummer Brian Griffin.
You’ll catch them at the Jam on Sunday, but preview them now below:
“Teach Me to Know” — Recorded in Tannersville, NY – just down the road from Hunter Mountain!
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