I first heard of the Lone Bellow after seeing them on Later and was immediately impressed by the two songs played. Their 100 Club shows last year immediately sold out so was pleased when they announced these gigs. It’s difficult to accurately categorise this band. Its country, Bluegrass, rock, folk and Americana but above all its just plain old fashioned good songs.
Three songs in and they play my favourite track from the last album ‘Mariette’ quickly followed by the superb ‘Fake Roses’. The band are clearly having a good time and are genuinely happy to be here and there’s real warmth from the audience.
The three part harmonies from lead singer Zach Williams, guitarist Brian Elmquist and multi-instrumentalist Kanene Pipkin perfectly complement each other and all take their turn on lead vocals.
Highlight of the night is the three song ‘Bluegrass style’ interlude with the three singers playing and singing around a single microphone. I’m a sucker for a mandolin but when it’s played by the Titian haired Pipkin with a stunning voice I’m in love. ‘Call to War’ highlights her vocals and it’s a real hair tingling moment.
There’s time for an impromptu ‘Dancing in the Dark’ and we end with a storming ‘Then Came the Morning’.
A brilliant night from a stunning band who can only get better.
Keep on rockin y’all