The Lone Bellow sell out US tour and offer free download ‘Leave Or Le Me Go’

By on March 5, 2015

The Lone Bellow has had an incredible start to 2015. Their sophomore album Then Came The Morning received rave reviews and debuted at number 42 on the Billboard Top 200.  They have made high profile appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with David Letterman a major feature and performance on CBS This Morning and can still be seen on Conan and The Lincoln Awards on PBS in the coming months. Now the band is pleased to announce that their US headlining tour has sold out.


(Photo Credit: Steven Sebring) 



As a thank you to their dedicated fans, the band is giving away the track “Leave Me or Let Me Go” from Then Came The Morning on their website today. Following their headlining tour, The Lone Bellow will hop on select dates with Eric Church, venture west for a show with Sturgill Simpson in Sin City and appear at many festivals including MusicNOW, Boston Calling, Hang Out Festival and the newly announced Newport Folk Festival.
DOWNLOAD “Leave or Let Me Go”




Mar 6 – Exit In – Nashville, TN – SOLD OUT

Mar 7 – Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY – SOLD OUT

Mar 8 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO – SOLD OUT

Mar 10 – WorkPlay Theatre – Birmingham, AL – SOLD OUT

Mar 11 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA – SOLD OUT

Mar 13 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC – SOLD OUT

Mar 14 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA – SOLD OUT

Mar 15 – MusicNOW Festival – Cincinnati, OH

Mar 24 – Underground Arts – Philadelphia, PA – SOLD OUT

Mar 25 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY- SOLD OUT

Mar 26 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY – SOLD OUT

Apr 17-18 -Vanderbilt University Rites of Spring Festival – Nashville, TN

Apr 23 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV(w/ Sturgill Simpson)

Apr 25 -Fox Theater- Oakland, CA (w/ Kacey Musgraves)

May 1 – First Niagara Center – Buffalo, NY (w/ Eric Church)

May 2 – Prudential Center – Newark, NJ (w/ Eric Church)

May 7 – Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY (w/ Eric Church)

May 8 – Mizzou Arena – Columbia, MO (w/ Eric Church)

May 15-17 – Hang Out Festival – Gulf Shores, AL

May 24 – Boston Calling – Boston, MA

Jun 16 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Jun 19 – Tilted Earth Music Festival – Cottonwood, AZ

Jun 20-21 – Clearwater Festival – Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Jun 24-27 – ROMP Festival – Owensboro, KY

Jul 17 – Forecastle Festival – Louisville, KY

Jul 18 – Eaux Claires Music Festival – Eau Claire, WI

Jul 24-16 – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI

Jul 30 – 100 Club – London, UK

Aug 1-2 – Cambridge Folk Festival – Cambridge, UK

Aug 27- 30 – Tonder Festival – Tonder, Denmark





Then Came the Morning, the second album by the Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio the Lone Bellow, opens with a crest of churchly piano, a patter of drums, and a fanfare of voices harmonizing like a sunrise. It’s a powerful introduction, enormous and overwhelming, as Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin testify mightily to life’s great struggles and joys, heralding the morning that dispels the dark night: “Then came the morning! It was bright, like the light that you kept from your smile!” Working with producer Aaron Dessner of the National, the Lone Bellow has created a sound that mixes folk sincerity, gospel fervor, even heavy metal thunder, but the heart of the band is harmony: three voices united in a lone bellow. “The feeling I get singing with Zach and Brian is completely natural and wholly electrifying,” says Kanene. “Our voices feel like they were made to sing together.”


Long before they combined their voices, the three members of the Lone Bellow were singing on their own. Brian had been writing and recording as a solo artist for more than a decade, with three albums under his own name. Kanene and her husband Jason were living in Beijing, China, hosting open mic nights, playing at local clubs and teaching music lessons. Zach began writing songs in the wake of a family tragedy: After his wife was thrown from a horse, he spent days in the hospital at her bedside, bracing for the worst news. The journal he kept during this period would eventually become his first batch of songs as a solo artist. Happily, his wife made a full recovery.


When Kanene’s brother asked her and Zach to sing “O Happy Day” together at his wedding, they discovered their voices fit together beautifully, but starting a band together seemed impossible when they lived on opposite sides of the world. Brian soon relocated to New York and Kanene moved there to attend culinary school a couple years later. The three got together in their new hometown to work on a few songs of Zach’s, who had already been making the rounds in the local scene as a solo artist for several years. After hitting those first harmonies did they decide to abandon all other pursuits. Soon the trio was playing all over the city, although they considered Rockwood Music Hall on the Lower East Side to be their home. They opened for the Civil Wars, Dwight Yokam, Brandi Carlile and the Avett Brothers, and their self-titled debut, produced by Nashville’s Charlie Peacock (the Civil Wars, Holly Williams) and released in January 2013, established them as one of the boldest new acts in the Americana movement.


After two hard years of constant touring, the band was exhausted but excited. By 2014, they had written nearly 40 songs on the road and were eager to get them down on tape. After putting together a list of dream producers, they reached out to their first choice, the National guitarist Aaron Dessner, who has helmed albums by the L.A. indie-rock group Local Natives and New York singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten.


“It occurred to me that it would be fun to get together and make music with them,” says Aaron. “My main interest in producing records is community and friendship more than making money. I already do a lot of traveling and working with the National, so when I have to time to work with other artists, it should be fun and meaningful.”


“Aaron is just so kind,” Zach says. “And he has surrounded himself with all these incredibly talented people, like Jonathan Low, the engineer. His brother Bryce [Dessner, also a guitarist for the National] wrote these amazing brass and string arrangements, and he got some of his friends to play with us.”


Dessner and the Lone Bellow spent two weeks recording at Dreamland in upstate New York, a nineteenth-century church that had been converted into a homey studio. The singers found the space to inspire the emotional gravity necessary for the material and the acoustics they were looking for. (For Kanene, Dreamland had one other bonus: “I’m a big Muppets fan, and it looks exactly like the church where Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem lived.”)


Aaron set them up in a circle in what had once been the sanctuary, with microphones hanging in the rafters to capture the sound of their voices bleeding together. Most of the vocals were recorded in single takes, a tactic that adds urgency to songs like “Heaven Don’t Call Me Home” and “If You Don’t Love Me.” “There were a couple of times when somebody sang the wrong word or hit a bad note, and we just had to keep going,” says Zach, who says that recording “Marietta” in particular was daunting-especially the moment near the end when he hits an anguished high note, bends it even higher, and holds it for an impossibly long time. It’s a startling display of vocal range, but it’s also almost unbearably raw in its emotional honesty.


“‘Marietta’ is probably the darkest song on the whole record,” Zach explains, “and it’s based on something that happened between my wife and me. The band was getting ready to record that song when all of a sudden my wife showed up with our youngest baby. It was a great surprise, a beautiful moment. So I was able to go out and sing that song, knowing she was there to help me carry the moment.”


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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.