While some would like to call it the Mumford-ization of rock, there is no denying that over the last handful of years folk, roots and Americana music has crossed over into the mainstream with bands like The Avett Brothers, The Civil Wars, The Swell Season and most recently The Lumineers all achieving cross-over success. The latest band that is likely to benefit from this trend is The Lone Bellow, who will release their self-titled debut next Tuesday via Sony’s Descendant Records imprint.
The Brooklyn-based band, who has already gotten the stamp of approval from the folks at NPR Music, play an instantly likable brand of country and gospel-inflected folk, with big wonderful harmonies that fluctuate between exuberant foot-stomping numbers and sweeping, tender, heartfelt tunes.
The band, which puts on a fantastic live show, is the brainchild of lead singer Zach Williams, who began writing songs and teaching himself how to play guitar as a cathartic release back in 2005, while his wife was recovering from a life-threatening horseback riding accident. The Lone Bellow, whose album is currently streaming as part of NPR Music’s First Listen series, has released the home-spun video for the record’s lead single You Never Need Nobody. Let’s check it out…