On the band’s opening slot for the The Civil Wars, “the main attraction had some competition in the harmony realm from The Lone Bellow, a Brooklyn-based trio cut from the same rootsy fabric. Between songs, Williams also had a deft comedic touch, a nice fit on a night when sadness still offered reason to smile.” – Orlando Sentinel
Hailing from Brooklyn via south of the Mason-Dixon, THE LONE BELLOW will release their self-titled album on January 22nd, the premiere signing and release for the brand new label Descendant Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. The Lone Bellow (formerly known as Zach Williams & The Bellow) have made a name for themselves with their acclaimed live shows in New York and across the country during their stint opening for Grammy Winners The Civil Wars. Featuring lead singer and principal songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Pipkin and singer-guitarist Brian Elmquist, The Lone Bellow isn’t just a group of musicians; they are an “urban tribe,” a family away from family.
Paste Magazine is premiering the band’s very first music video for the song, “You Never Need Nobody.”
At the heart of it, Zach Williams is an intentional songwriter focused on growing a community, rather than merely finding a following. Georgia-born Williams began songwriting in 2005, during a prolonged stay at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center after his wife was thrown from a horse and paralyzed from the neck down. With a dire diagnosis of quadriplegia, there was nothing to do but sit vigil with his group of friends – also artists. While they waited for healing, Zach picked up a guitar and taught himself to play, putting melody to a journal entry that would become his first song, “Hospital.” His wife eventually recovered (her spinal cord, initially thought severed, was terribly bruised) and the couple and their group of friends moved to Brooklyn shortly thereafter.
Williams and the band’s music evolved to reflect his Southern roots, incorporating elements of rock, gospel, country and blues that result in a unique and soul-searing blend of can’t-get-them-out-of-your-head lyrics that spring from a deep emotional reservoir. The upcoming record is a complete work, a “collection of stories embodying tragedy, hope, betrayal and redemption.”