12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the first notes of this debut, it’s clear that The Lone Bellow is a remarkable new band. Those opening moments include stirring three-part harmonies that steal the show, expressing heartfelt lyrics based on themes of longing, grief, redemption, and love. The group's sound is a polished and pastoral blend of acoustic folk, country rock, Southern gospel, and blue-eyed soul. Besides singing, the trio members play guitars and mandolin, and they're backed here by a highly skilled band on piano, fiddle, banjo, more guitars, drums, and bass. The musicianship is subtle yet powerful, and the songs are rich and varied, from the simmering soul of “You Never Need Nobody” and “You Don’t Love Me Like You Used To” to the moving ballads “Tree to Grow” and “Two Sides of Lonely.” “Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold” is an uptempo standout, and the irresistibly sultry “Button” closes the album in high style. But whatever the tempo, the band maintains a burning intensity throughout, forging an emotional connection with listeners that's honest and direct. This is a powerful and passionate debut by a band with a wealth of potential.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From the first notes of this debut, it’s clear that The Lone Bellow is a remarkable new band. Those opening moments include stirring three-part harmonies that steal the show, expressing heartfelt lyrics based on themes of longing, grief, redemption, and love. The group's sound is a polished and pastoral blend of acoustic folk, country rock, Southern gospel, and blue-eyed soul. Besides singing, the trio members play guitars and mandolin, and they're backed here by a highly skilled band on piano, fiddle, banjo, more guitars, drums, and bass. The musicianship is subtle yet powerful, and the songs are rich and varied, from the simmering soul of “You Never Need Nobody” and “You Don’t Love Me Like You Used To” to the moving ballads “Tree to Grow” and “Two Sides of Lonely.” “Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold” is an uptempo standout, and the irresistibly sultry “Button” closes the album in high style. But whatever the tempo, the band maintains a burning intensity throughout, forging an emotional connection with listeners that's honest and direct. This is a powerful and passionate debut by a band with a wealth of potential.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
538 Ratings
538 Ratings
Paully Vegas

Wipe your brow and clap your hands

"Well, they're kinda like..." stop right there. They're a breath of fresh air, quality music from the instruments involved to the range of vocals and harmony of all members. I'd tell you that they're unreal if you see them live, but you first need to feel out the album between your ears. Whether it's background music or a specific track to go back to over and over - The Lone Bellow share their world and art and heart and story and soul for all of the above.
This isn't some iTunes pop music album. This is something you'll find yourself going back to over and over for a long time to come. Enjoy!

If Dancing is a Revolution

Worth the wait

Very excited for Jan. 22nd to come. NPR has the whole album on stream if you'd like a preview.

kdoyle133

Amazing

Get it. There is no filler on this album. Just epic, beautiful songs. Zachs voice is killer. And the harmonies are amazing.

About The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow (lead singer/guitarist Zach Williams, singer/mandolinist/keyboardist Kanene Donehey Pipkin, singer/guitarist Brian Elmquist) are a group of transplanted Southerners based in Brooklyn who deliver a passionate, soulful, acoustic-based brand of Americana. The band started after Williams' wife was involved in a serious accident that left her temporarily paralyzed from the neck down. While hoping and waiting for her recovery (she did recover), Williams began writing a set of haunting songs that dealt with tragedy, hope, and redemption. Following her recovery, the couple moved to Brooklyn.

In 2010, Williams, who had been working as a solo act, began jamming with Elmquist, an old friend, and when Pipkin joined in, the trio knew they had a band. Building on Williams' songs, and working and writing together along with bassist Jason Pipkin and drummer Justin Glasco, they built up an impressive early catalog. A deal with Sony imprint Descendant Records yielded the group's critically acclaimed eponymous debut, which rose to number 64 on the Billboard Top 200 in early in 2013. After a year of hard touring, the band announced they'd be working with fellow Brooklynite Aaron Dessner (the National) on their follow-up album, Then Came the Morning, which arrived in January 2015 and earned them an American Music Award nomination for best group/duo. Following a relocation to Nashville in 2016, the Lone Bellow returned with "Time's Always Leaving," the lead single from their third LP. ~ Steve Leggett

ORIGIN
Brooklyn, NY
FORMED
2010

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