For this week's throwback Thursday, we're only going back a few years. We were thrilled when Brian Elmquist's mother-in-law contacted us to share some pictures from Brian and Ashley's 2012 wedding. She was kind enough to give us some details, including the fact that the entire band participated in the celebration. We love that The Lone Bellow's relationship extends far beyond making music and touring together, and we are convinced that their love for one another is part of what makes them so amazing.
A while back, Brian posted a childhood photo of himself on Instagram. We thought it would be fun to share it here, because he was a wicked cute little boy! So now we've seen how adorable both Zach and Brian were as youngsters, and we have no doubt Kanene would hold her own in the cute category!
We fell in love with Brian's beautiful voice after hearing him perform "Watch Over Us." After seeing The Lone Bellow perform several times over the summer, we noticed that was one of the songs that would regularly get stuck in our heads. We had heard Brian had put out some solo albums before The Lone Bellow came together, so one day we took to Google and found them on Bandcamp. Since then, they have been a nice addition to our music rotation.
His most recent album, KRIS, came out in July of 2012, was inspired by Kris Kristofferson. Prior to that, he released Not Today in October 2011, and Situation Unknown in August 2009.
What do you think? Do you have a favorite Brian Elmquist song?
In the pre-dawn hours of this morning, I found myself unable to sleep because of the lengthy to-do list running through my head. I turned to Facebook, the great distractor, in hopes that it would still my brain. Instead, I discovered the words written by Zach Williams, describing the tragedy that he and his wife went through ten years ago; the tragedy that gave rise to his music career.
Zach’s portrayal of events is somehow haunting and beautiful. As I read, then re-read his story- as you do when you realize what you’re reading is deeply stirring something within you- I could not help but think of the times in my life when I was staring tragedy in the eye, terrified of the unknown. While his wife (thankfully) made an inexplicable recovery, Zach said he did not view this as the miracle, rather for him the miracle was, “watching the loved ones, nurses, and patients love one another and see a beauty that only they have the honor of truly understanding.” These words will not leave me. It is, indeed, during sorrowful times that we are completely unable to deny our unyielding need for one another, and it is love and compassion for one another that carries us through.
As I read the comments on the Facebook page, I was struck by how many people were genuinely moved by his words, and how tragedy, like music, has the power to unify us. I suspect that his wife’s healing, in and of itself, was a blessing. Luckily for us, though, the event led to the creation of The Lone Bellow. I have, at times, wondered why this band? What is it about them that I can’t shake off? Then I go to another show and see just how infectious their energy is, and how every concert feels like its own little miracle. And really, that’s enough.
Who We Are
We are Abra and Bobbie, two friends living in Boston who go to a lot of concerts together. We saw The Lone Bellow, having never heard of them, and could not believe our good fortune in discovering such talent. We now try to go by the "Four-Hour-Rule", meaning if we can get to a show within four hours, we will be there, hopefully right up front.