The Lone Bellow
One fateful morning in 2010, Zach Williams, then a solo artist, asked fellow singer Kanene
Pipkin, who had just returned to New York City from living in Beijing, to meet them and his
friend Brian Elmquist at Dizzy's Diner in Park Slope, Brooklyn. With the beginnings of both
a repertoire and a communal spirit that manifested instantly, that fateful morning they
became The Lone Bellow.
After a warm-up gig at Brooklyn's Roots Café, Williams got a call from The Civil Wars, the
Grammy Award-winning duo that he'd befriended while they were playing at the Lower East
Side's Rockwood Music Hall. They invited him and his new cohorts to open for them in
Philadelphia-The Lone Bellow's first real performance. From there, Williams met with Civil
Wars producer Charlie Peacock, taking him to the Rockwood to view the modest but
well-regarded two-room venue that Williams had long considered his musical home. After
touring the site, Peacock suggested that the band record its debut album there on location.
Over the course of three days, he captured the spirit and the sound of the three closely
harmonized individuals, both at their most confident and their most vulnerable.
Born in Brooklyn, and with deep family and musical roots in the South, the fast-rising
acoustic trio The Lone Bellow is proving, show by show, that the sounds and stories of Main
Street resonate everywhere, winning fans across America and around the world.
Hailed as one of the best albums of the year by People, The Lone Bellow's
self-titled debut album has garnered praise from USA Today, The New York
Times, Entertainment Weekly, and the Associated Press. In addition to
appearances on Conan and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the trio
recently completed a summer-long national tour of music festivals, as well as performances
with such artists as Brandi Carlile, Robert Plant, and The Civil Wars.
The Lone Below is exuberant in its playing, welcoming in its attitude. Though
the lyrics have a melancholic undercurrent, the rhythm tracks are more rave-ups than
ruminations, with swelling three-part harmonies and rousing group choruses, especially on
the electric guitar-driven "The One You Should've Let Go" and "Green Eyes and a Heart of
Gold," a we-will-survive anthem that could be about a family or a band. Indeed, the strong
familial feel to The Lone Bellow stems largely from a recurring theme of
inclusion. The results of the band's efforts have proven earnest, inspiring, and fun.
Everyone listening-and undoubtedly singing and stomping along-are now feeling like family,