We can't wait! We'll be heading to the Burlington, VT show, and of course Boston!
Have a burning question to ask the band? Monday is your chance when they participate in a Facebook Q&A courtesy of the Wayhome Music Festival.
Paste magazine has included The Lone Bellow's Then Came The Morning on its list of "The 25 Best Albums of 2015 (So Far)." They write, "But the most remarkable thing that this record proves is that when Zach Williams, Kanene Pipkin and Elmquist sing their hearts out together, this band is unstoppable."
The lineup for the inaugural Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival was announced today, and it is impressive, especially since it includes The Lone Bellow! The festival takes place July 17 and 18, and is hosted by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. Bon Iver will be headlining along with The National and Sufjan Stevens.
Tickets are on sale tomorrow! Check out the whole lineup below.
I lived in NY for a while in the late 90s, and the Union Square Barnes & Noble was a regular hang out for me, usually after hitting the nearby Strand. I even applied for a job there, having worked at B&N in Houston, but was offered a job elsewhere before I could interview. So that store holds a special place in my heart.
I'm feeling especially nostalgic about that location today, since The Lone Bellow will be performing and signing CDs there tonight at 7pm. If you go, please share your favorite moments from the show with us, either here or on our Facebook page!
"For example, “Fake Roses” takes the form of a letter from Williams’s mother-in-law to her sister. Williams explains, “They have pretty similar lives. And the letter basically says, ‘Your heart is breaking, I hear what it’s saying. You don’t have to tell me anything.’ And I was like, ‘Well where can we go with that?’ "
This interview with The Lone Bellow, by Annie Galvin, was published today on PopMatters. It delves more into the creation of Then Came The Morning, including working with Aaron Dessner, recording at Dreamland, and the inspiration for some of the songs. It includes some details we haven't heard before, such as the impetus for "Fake Roses:"
One night at South by Southwest, the Lone Bellow played to a packed backyard crowd at the Newport Folk Festival showcase, a crowd that obliviously sipped cans of Lone Star in Blackheart’s beer garden while the relatively unknown Lone Bellow set up and tuned. When the band’s first three-part harmony soared over its sturdy wall of acoustic sound, heads instantly rotated toward the rundown lean-to that had been converted into a stage.
Galvin also writes about the time the band performed at South by Southwest in 2013.
We can certainly relate the that experience.
One of the things we especially appreciate about The Lone Bellow has been how incredibly gracious they are with their fans. It comes out in their interactions with the audiences during their shows, they've spoken favorably of their fans in interviews, and we can't think of any show we've attended that they haven't given so much of their time meeting fans after. So it was much appreciated, though not surprising, to find a note from the band, sent out to their mailing list, thanking fans for their support. They also talk about the album's photographer, Mackenzie Rollins, and her process.
Here is the full note, in case you haven't seen it:
At the end, they share a link to the gallery from their photo shoot during the album's recording session at Dreamland. Be sure to check it out because the photos are stunning.
With the new album officially out (even though the blizzard stopped a certain someone from receiving her copy on time), The Lone Bellow has been super busy. We feel ridiculously proud of these guys, even though we've had nothing to do with their success. There's just something that makes us feel so happy to know of this band, and we just want to share the joy. We are going to try our best to keep up with all of the interviews, appearances, and anything else that comes up in the next few weeks. As for now, here's a little bit of a roundup.
Over the weekend, we were pleasantly surprised to hear their interview on NPR's Weekend Edition. We are huge NPR nerds, so much so that it's a wonder we ever find time to listen to music! If you did not hear the interview, check it out here.
There's also this little promo, appealing to the Target shopper in all of us:
And, let's not forget that the band recently disembarked from their Cayamo cruise, which we wrote about here. Our friend and fellow The Lone Bellow fan, Holly, was kind enough to give us permission to share some of her photos from the fabulous trip. (We hope to have more to share from Cayamo, so stay tuned!)
Don't forget to catch The Lone Bellow on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight at 11:35pm ET! Let us know what you think!
We can listen to Then Came the Morning in its entirety, a week before it's release, thanks to NPR Music's First Listen!
Stephen Thompson writes, "The Lone Bellow's songs lean toward the gigantic — at heart, Williams is a belter of the vein-bulging variety — but they're also impeccably played and nicely balanced by softer, subtler touches. Kanene Doheney Pipkin's contributions are crucial, whether she's bringing lilting touches to the sound on mandolin or singing lead in the sweetly languid 'Call To War.'"
What do you think?
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.