The Lone Bellow
Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Most recent release, Walk Into a Storm (2017)
The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, Mumford & Sons
Own and cowritten
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:
Zach Williams—acoustic guitar, vocals
Matt Knapp—guitars (1-11)
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)
Zach Williams—vocals; acoustic guitar (7, 10, 13); stomps and claps (8)
Jason Pipkin—piano (1, 3, 6, 10, 13); electric bass (4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13); electric guitar (4); bass (10)
Aaron Brooking Dessner
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)
Dave Cobb—acoustic guitar (1-10)
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)
Compilation work includes:
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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