Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 12:00

The Lone Bellow 7/10/13 + Video

The Lone Bellow at KDHX The Lone Bellow at KDHX Louis Kwok
Written by Annah Bender
Rate this item
(3 votes)

Related Video

About this Media...

  • Date Recorded: July 10, 2013
  • Artist / Band: The Lone Bellow
  • Hosting Show: Collector's Edition
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

The Lone Bellow may call New York home, but their rootsy Americana calls to mind open highways and state-fair sing-alongs more than the Brooklyn, N.Y. diner where they first played together.

Streaming Audio

And that's not an accident. Lead vocalist and principal songwriter Zach Williams is from Georgia and the uplifting choruses in his songs pay a distinct homage to Southern gospel. Borne out of a horseback riding accident that nearly killed Williams' wife and a fertile creative community who relocated with Williams and his wife to New York, the Lone Bellow plays barn-raising stompers like "Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold" as well as simple, lilting country tunes like "You Don't Love Me Like You Used To." They also play plenty of Americana with "Fire Red Horse" as an example.

But it's the welding of voices that distinguishes the Lone Bellow from other jangly, family-style bands that are currently in heavy rotation on the tour circuit: Williams' clear, earnest tenor sounds like it was made to sing only with his fellow band members Kanene Pipkin and Brian Elmquist.

During his wife's temporary paralysis, Williams filled a journal with his thoughts and his friends later encouraged him to turn the writings into lyrics. But first, he had to learn to play guitar and sing at the same time, which is actually much harder than it looks. Fortunately, he did so and after reconnecting Elmquist, his former college friend, in Brooklyn, and enlisting Pipkin to lend her soulful alto, the three became The Lone Bellow.

Their exuberance shines through every song, infusing even somber material like "Two Sides of Lonely" with a kind of joy that could only come from artists who wholeheartedly believe in, and adore, what they do for a living.

All photos by Louis Kwok

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

KDHX Recommends

April
Saturday
18

Brunch at the Stage: Tom Hall

KDHX is now curating a Saturday brunch series at the Stage with live music from local musicians and delicious, locally-sourced food and drinks from the Magnolia Café. Brunch at the Stage takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m....


April
Saturday
18

An Individual Approach to Bluegrass Improvisation and Rhythm Guitar

Folk School of KDHX This is a hands-on, all-level Rhythm Guitar and Improvisation Workshop. The idea of learning how to improvise is intimidating and confusing in the beginning stages. Andy Novara's workshop will prove to you that it is much easier...


April
Monday
20

KDHX Get Down to Business Series: Make Networking Not Suck: The artist as entrep...

Get Down to Business is a series of professional development presentations geared towards the St. Louis arts community. Presented in partnership with St. Lou Fringe, "Make Networking Not Suck: The artist as entrepreneur"...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Online Users

1 user and 9203 guests online
Sign in with writing essay Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook