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‘Til the Southern Wind Puts Me Six Feet Down (The Lone Bellow, Show #5)

‘Til the Southern Wind Puts Me Six Feet Down (The Lone Bellow, Show #5)

If you love your ears, you will take them to experience The Lone Bellow.

As all of my friends are now well aware, I can wax poetic about The Lone Bellow for days.


But I’m gonna get right to the point: You need to go see this band.

You can download their albums and listen to them and they’re great and enjoyable and all that, but you really can’t understand their particular brand of magic until you see them live.

The first time I saw them was six years ago at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (best music venue in Northeast Florida, IMHO) when they opened for (prepare yourself, get the tissues ready) The Civil Wars (why oh why did they have to break up, Lord? Why? WHY CAN’T WE HAVE NICE THINGS?). Obviously, the Civil Wars were spectacular, so for me to walk away from that show thinking about the opening act — a trio called Zach Williams and the Bellow — was remarkable.

By the time they put out their first album in 2013, the group of Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and Kanene Pipkin, had settled on a name and a sound that is rich and magnetic and as gorgeous as an unseen wave of sound can be. Their voices are all so unique and so powerful that it’s hard to believe they can bring things together in harmony, but somehow they do and it is nothing short of magnificent.

Again, I could go on forever.

Like I could tell you about the time I saw them on the eve of my 30th birthday (also at the PV Concert Hall) and then I met them after the show and they were so gracious and lovely and they not only signed my copy of their first record but Zach drew “Happy Birthday” with a balloon and everything.

OR, I could tell you about the time I saw them in mother-flipping CAVE in Tennessee where the echoes of Watch Over Us during soundcheck nearly brought me to my knees (and got me kicked off the pre-show cave tour).

But, instead of documenting my every encounter with them, I’m just going to share a couple videos I took at this last show. While they do play with a full band, at least twice during each show they will come to the center of the stage and perform acoustically around a single mic and it will give you goosebumps on top of more goosebumps.

Later this year they’re actually going to go on a tour where they *only* perform as an acoustic trio and if they’re coming near you, by God, you must go see them. Your ears will thank you.

Call to War


Watch Over Us

1 thought on “‘Til the Southern Wind Puts Me Six Feet Down (The Lone Bellow, Show #5)”

  • Shannon!! Yes, I get it!

    I’m actually a 60+ year old “boomer,” and I have varied musical taste. Raised on 70’s and 80’s rock, I do know some contemporary artists (maybe more than most of my peers) but I had not heard of “The Lone Bellow.” (Yes, I know The Civil Wars, Lake Street Dive, Mumford and Sons.) But these guys had managed to slip by me somehow.

    Anyway…. one day I was driving home, and, as I wrote on my facebook page,

    “Never heard of this group…. until last weekend. (Yes, I’m a creature of the last century. Give me that 80’s rock, baaabbbaaay!!)

    So…last weekend, I was driving home, listening to “Out of the Box” on the radio, and Paul Shugrue played a song that really got my attention. Of course, I did not quite catch the name of the band. I thought he said the song was called “Honey,” but of course Google knows every other song with that name, except this one.

    With a little detective work, however, I figured it out. Really, really like this song, and a lot of the other work this group has put out. Good stuff! Worth a listen, IMHO!”

    Since then, I’ve been checking out the band, and their music. Wow!! My gosh, they are fabulous. They musicians who really grab me are the ones who sing with a rawness, and edge of honesty and passion. People like Bono, Melissa Etheridge, the Indigo Girls, and Brandi Carlisle. Well, “The Lone Bellow” just made that list for me – their honesty and passion is real and they have my attention!! And… I thought you would want to know.

    (By the way, I found your website from a search for “Lone Bellow Reviews.” Google likes you!)

    Be well!

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