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The Lone Bellow


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Folk-rock, Americana

Status:

Most recent release, Walk Into a Storm (2017)

See also:

The Lone Bellow's site

Wikipedia's entry on The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow's Facebook page

Comparisons:

The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, Mumford & Sons

Covers/own material:

Own and cowritten

General comments:

Folk-rock trio centered around Zach Williams (lead vocalist and songwriter), Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkins. Kanene's husband Jason is sometimes considered a fourth member. The members are all originally from the South, but met while living in Brooklyn; they've since relocated to Nashville. Their music ranges from upbeat and catchy to heartbreaking, always with exquisite harmonies. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Comments about live performance:

I saw The Lone Bellow perform in August 2014 at Lincoln Center's Americana fest and remember them as really enthusiastic performers. You can watch the full 40 minute set, starting 28 minutes in. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Recommended first album:

The Lone Bellow or Walk Into a Storm

Recordings:


The Lone Bellow

Release info:

2013—Descendant Records—83061-0970-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Zach Williams—acoustic guitar, vocals
Kanene Pipkin—vocals
Brian Elmquist—electric guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

Matt Knapp—guitars (1-11)
Ben Mars—bass (1-11)
Brian Griffin—drums (1, 3-11)
Brian Murphy—piano, keys (1-11)
Jason Pipkin—banjo, mandolin (1-11)
Jerry McPherson—guitars (1, 4, 8, 9)
Ken Lewis—percussion (1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10)
Andy Leftwich—mandolin (1-3, 7, 8); fiddle (2, 3, 5, 7, 8)
Mark Hill—bass (2, 8, 11)
James Sweeting—trumpet samples (8)
Charlie Peacock—Wurlitzer (10)

Produced by:

Charlie Peacock

Comments:

I loved this album instantly, and four years later, still listen to it regularly. The album is full of catchy, foot-stomping folk-rock; big ballads; and heartbreaking lyrics and harmonies. I can't recommend it enough! (JoAnn Whetsell)

Then Came the Morning

Release info:

2015—Descendant Records—02341-0195-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Zach Williams—vocals; acoustic guitar (7, 10, 13); stomps and claps (8)
Brian Elmquist—vocals; electric guitar (1-4, 6, 7-10, 12, 13); acoustic guitar (5-7, 9, 10); stomps and claps (8)
Kanene Donehey Pipkin—vocals; mandolin (3, 5); stomps and claps (8)

Guest artists:

Jason Pipkin—piano (1, 3, 6, 10, 13); electric bass (4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13); electric guitar (4); bass (10)
Brian Griffin—drums (1-5, 7-10, 12, 13)
Logan Coale—double bass (1, 3); upright bass (5, 10)
Alex Sopp—flute (1)
Benjamin Lanz—trombone (1, 7, 12)
Michael Atkinson—French horn (1-3)
Caroline Shaw—violin (1-4, 10)
Clarice Jensen—cello (1-4)
Aaron Dessner—bass, 12-string guitar (2); high-strung guitar (2, 11); keyboards (2, 4, 10); percussion (2, 4, 5, 9, 12); acoustic guitar (4, 11); electric guitar (4, 5, 9, 10); drums, Rhodes (5); MS20 (5, 6); stomps and claps (8)
Thomas Bartlett—OP1, organ (2); keyboards (4); piano (5, 7); Rhodes (9, 12)
Matt Knapp—pedal steel (2-5); lap steel (7, 9, 12, 13)
Rob Moose—violin, viola (5, 11)
Chris Pereira—stomps and claps (8)
Spencer—stomps and claps (8)
Nick Lloyd—piano, Hammond organ (12)

Produced by:

Aaron Brooking Dessner

Comments:

An excellent follow-up to their debut album. The album explores their country and rock sides a bit more, but also includes some really lovely and quiet songs. I don't listen to this album as often as the others, but when I do I'm always impressed with how good it really is. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Walk Into a Storm

Release info:

2017—Descendant Records—88985-45249-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Zachary Williams—vocal
Kanene Pipkin—vocal
Brian Elmquist—vocal; electric and acoustic guitars (1-10); piano (10)

Guest artists:

Dave Cobb—acoustic guitar (1-10)
Brian Allen—bass (1-10)
Justin Glasco—drums, percussion (1-10); Hammond organ (5, 6, 9)
Jason Pipkin—mandolin (1); Mellotron (1, 8); Wurlitzer (2, 8, 9); lap steel (2, 10); piano (3-5); B3 organ (7)
Kristin Wilkinson—string arrangement, viola (3, 4)
David Davidson—violin (3, 4)
David Angell—violin (3, 4)
Carole Rabinowitz—cello (3, 4)

Produced by:

Dave Cobb

Comments:

From heartbreaking to rollicking, this is pretty much a perfect collection of songs. At different times, each of the 10 tracks has jumped into my head, which is about as good a measure of excellence as any. LOVE this album. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Further info:

Compilation work includes:

  • "I See That Hand" on Mercyland, Vol. No. 2: Hymns for the Rest of Us (2016)
  • "Me and My Uncle" and "Dire Wolf" on the Grateful Dead tribute album Day of the Dead (2016)
Collaborations include:

  • "Angel from Montgomery" with Buddy Miller and Brandi Carlile on Buddy Miller's album Cayamo Sessions at Sea (2016)


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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