The Lone Bellow with Aoife O'Donovan to Perform at Capitol Theatre, 4/3
The Lone Bellow call their sound "Brooklyn country music," but there are blues, gospel, folk, soul, and indie-style rock in the mix too. Zach Williams, The Lone Bellow's lead singer and principal songwriter, can pinpoint just about exactly when the Brooklyn-based group serendipitously willed itself into being. It was around 9 a.m. one morning in 2010, at Dizzy's Diner in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where the Lone Bellow's guitarist and Williams' old friend, Brian Elmquist, was working a shift. Williams, up to then performing as a solo artist, needed a place to try out some new songs; for a scuffling artist, the diner was as good as any rehearsal space. He asked fellow singer Kanene Pipkin, who had just returned to New York City from living in Beijing, to meet them at the diner. The trio did more than merely jam; that fateful morning they became the Lone Bellow.
The trio's self-titled debut album is exuberant in its playing and welcoming in its attitude with swelling three-part harmonies and rousing group-sung choruses. Indeed, there is a strong familial feel to The Lone Bellow, a recurring theme of inclusiveness.