Earlier this week we premiered the session video of our glorious afternoon spent with our own freakishly good, home town folk outfit, The Lone Bellow. If there's an up and coming band destined for bigger things than this trio, we'd love to meet them. The music Zack Williams, Kanene Pipkin, and Brian Elmquist create sends crazy sensations down the spine, seeped in heart-gushing emotions and delivered in some of the most profound and moving three part harmonies you'll ever hear. Not surprisingly, a crowd gathered around the band pretty quickly during our session with them in Washington Square Park. But in addition to the band sharing their uplifting folk rock with us, the three principle members also struck us with their story together; one rooted in this city, once plagued by dark moments, and now ultimately providing a path to follow their dreams.
- Right now, we are in Washington Square Park. It's a beautiful day out. Zach is wearing his sunglasses. - Zombies here, backin 04. singing "Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold"] And it's all right, it's all right, It's all right, it's all right - So, "Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold" is the first song we sang. It's a song about... this city and being broke, and hungry and sad. It's not always this pretty in New York City, it's just a really pretty day. So, that's what Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold is about. Playing shows in the city for the past 8 years, you have a... just a certain way with the listeners and um. There's um, certain values that end up kind of... trickling through the night after night of playing shows that you know, it ends up being like really important to you and then really important to the listeners. And you wanna try to be part of the moment that matters. Um, and you wanna try to make something that's worthwhile and you know, great thing about New York City is it kinda spits out things that aren't done well. So you know what you're doing is no good very quickly. Usually like in an open mic. You know, where you're tryin' out a new batch of songs or something like that. And this record, really was just our first set list. So, I, I feel like the shows, playing shows here helped kind of create that sense of urgency. - We also had to pay rent you know, and I feel like, my very first practice with Zach in a band, I had to get somebody to cover a shift or had to skip class or do something and I think there's. When we started the project we all knew it was something worth pursuing and it was gonna take a lot of sacrifice 'cuz we are, were all adultsand have jobs and lives and responsibilities and so, to in order to make things work, It used this whole network of us, like great community we have in Park Slope to baby sit kids and to cover shifts and to give us rides to places and, I think that spills out, yeah. He's got kids, he's got the kids. Well. started working on these songs together, a good melody and country music just in particular, I feel like is always been a safe haven for... for some of the sadder songs that had been written and, these are sad songs that come from a really hard time in life and, I just needed to hide 'em somewhere. So, a fun melody to sing, ended up being a safe haven for, for us. - Can also only be so sad when you have three part harmony. 'Cuz it's not just one lonely guy crying about how hard his life is. Three people doing it together and I think, there's something joyful about even if you're singing something sad, if three people are doing it. It's not that sad. - Even the way that we recorded the songs was in our favorite music hall, Rockwood Music Hall here. So, we did like a, eight piece band in 2 ½ days in stage 2 at Rockwood. So, there wasn't any click track or anything so, you really just feel us trying to capture things that are important to us. Love Me Like You Used To"] You don't love me like you used to Just a spirit show that are, that are really hard, you know and... There's a song called two sides of lonely that's, every night is a, is a wait. 'Cuz of, it takes you back to... dark times in your life but it's also just, it's just worth it to sing and just be a part of that moment with a group of strangers in some city somewhere. And, then there's also other songs that are hopeful and um, it's just like life, everything you need, the, the darks and the light to, to paint a beautiful painting. - We've definitely had... craziest thing is, when people come up to you and they have, any kind o fpersonal story that's meaningful to them that has to do with your music. Um, we had a few people who have lyrics tattooed on their bodies and it represents some sort of promise they've made to somebody or, um, an important event in their life and it's cool. And really weighty to know that, you have that kind of influence for somebody. And, it's beautiful. - But I do think like, there is a weight, a good burden that comes along with, when more and more people listen to your music like... you wanna keep them in mind when you're trying to curate the next batch of songs like... you're definitely not just kinda... - Phonin' in. - Phonin' in. - Yeah, you don't wanna make something just for the sake of making it, you know. You're just not, it being cool for me now it's not really enough. It has to be meaningful and real. - And, Zach wrote a lot of these songs and we came in the end to help him finish the record but, they were like, they were, they're personal like in, like we were wanderin' if we were gonna find like a material 'coz Zach was on a dark space and then and like, like, but like we're seeing this people, and like meetin' all these people hearin' all the stories like, it's just so, it's inspiring to us to just be able to do this for a living and people come out to our shows and help us do that and we justI wanna honor them. You know, in our art, in like our time and you know, so... Love Me Like You Used To"] Just an old book you just breeze on through You don't love me like you used to You're watching Baeble Music. You don't love me
The Lone Bellow are "Brooklyn Country Music heavily influenced by their roots south of the Mason-Dixon line, the trio grew up in Georgia and Virginia. Their soulful folk-rock debut album was released this month on Descendant Records, recorded over three days at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC and produced by Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars) in Nashville. The band made their US television debut performing on Conan show 1/22 and recently attracted attention from NPR, New York Times, People Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today. They are dubbed "Brooklyn Country and being compared to Avett Brothers, Civil Wars and Lumineers. Watch the band tell their story on CBS News: http://cbsn.ws/Ybuqlm and a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR: http://n.pr/WEfAxn
The Lone Bellow recently played 15 shows at SXSW 13 including Entertainment Weekly, Daytrotter, Sony City and other showcases. Press from the festival garnered huge looks from CBS News, Rock Center with Brian Williams, NPR Music, Forbes and were featured on the cover of Deli Magazines Austin/SXSW 2013 issue and more.