Mixing of Americana, indie-folk and alt-country, New Yorkers The Lone Bellow released their self-titled debut album in 2013, introducing to the music world their powerful, emotionally raw songs.
The Lone Bellow's background
Zach Williams (guitar, vocals) was performing as a solo act in New York City when he met Brian Elmquist (guitar) and Kanene Donehey Pipkin (bass, mandolin). Elmquist had previously performed and recorded as a solo artist for more than 10 years, releasing three albums of his own music. Pipkin also had a musical background before joining the band, teaching music lessons and playing local clubs in Beijing, China, where she lived before moving to New York.
The Lone Bellow's breakthrough and recognition
After signing with Descendant Records, an imprint of Sony Music, the band released The Lone Bellow (2013). Entertainment Weekly called the album "one of the top reasons to love country music in 2013," and People included it among its Top 10 albums of 2013. The Lone Bellow performed well on the music charts, too, appearing at No. 64 on the Billboard 200.
The band recorded its second album, Then Came the Morning, inside a 19th-century church in upstate New York. Released in 2014, the album is chock-full of acoustic and folk harmonies. In 2015, the Americana Music Honors & Awards nominated The Lone Bellow for Duo/Group of the Year.