New Music: The Lone Bellow

Brooklyn-based trio, The Lone Bellow, have recently released their debut self-titled album. Produced by Charlie Peacock, the album has already received glowing reviews from a wide range of critics including the New York Times and NPR.

I’ve listened their album several times already and it’s easy to predict their popularity reaching The Lumineers’ status by this summer. What makes this group different? Their music is gospel influenced and their vocal harmonies are decidedly more soulful, however, it will be interesting to see if any of their singles reach “Ho Hey” status. I missed their showcase in Nashville a month ago, but their first ticketed date in town will undoubtedly be a huge event.


Nightmares of Newport

This July was my first time attending the Newport Folk Festival. I was so enchanted by the event that I found it hard later to put the experience to words. Every now and then, I’ll have dreams about particular things I remember. While there were so many amazing moments throughout the weekend, below are videos of some of my favorite songs.

Not included: the instrumental at the end of Wilco’s “Impossible Germany,” Sarah Lee Guthrie joining Wilco for “California Stars,” Deer Tick covering “Fight For Your Right” at the after party, Spirit Family Reunion’s “I’ll Find a Way,” Amy Helm covering “Twilight,” the crowd member that requested “Makin’ Pies” during Patty Griffin’s set, Arlo Guthrie singing “This Land Is Your Land,” Jackson Browne joining Sara Watkins for “You and Me,” and Robert Ellis’ Paul Simon medley at the after party.

The Tallest Man on Earth “Love Is All”

First Aid Kit “Diamonds & Rust” (Joan Baez cover)

Robert Ellis “Friends Like These”

Of Monsters and Men “Mountain Sound”


New Music: Luella and the Sun

Luella and the Sun were recently featured in Impose Magazine’s piece, The Best of Nashville’s Best of Nashville. They are were named “Best Band I Missed While I Was in Town.” They’ve released a 10″ single for download on their website, or to purchase at Grimey’s or The Groove.

Upcoming Nashville shows:

November 30 – Parlor & Juke
December 6 – Stone Fox
December 30 – 3rd & Lindsley

“Fly So Free” live at The Zombie Shop in Nashville, TN:

“We Got To Meet Death One Day,” the band’s first performance at Grimey’s on September 7:

Website: www.luellaandthesun.com
Facebook: Facebook.com/LuellaandtheSun
Twitter: twitter.com/LuellaandtheSun


New Music: Bison


With the recent success of bands like Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes and The Lumineers, it isn’t surprising that an alternative folk band with classical influences from Chesapeake, VA appears to be the next in line to explode.

Featured today on NoiseTrade, I downloaded their album early this morning and found it immediately compelling with a sensitivity to melody, rhythm and complex arrangements. Bison is an atypical seven-piece home-schooled, spiritually influenced group who have self-described their sound as “folkesral” and “mountain-top chamber.”

Website: www.bisonfolk.com
Facebook: facebook.com/Bisonfolk
Twitter: @Bisonfolk