The Lone Bellow
When songwriter Zach Williams met guitarist Brian Elmquist and vocalist Kanene Pipkin at Dizzy's Diner in Brooklyn for breakfast one morning in 2010, the trio decided to jam. "Three songs in," Williams recalls, "I decided I should quit what I'm going and just make music with these people." The trio’s self-titled debut disc is exuberant in its playing, welcoming in its attitude. Though the lyrics have a melancholic undercurrent, the tracks are more often rave-ups than ruminations, with swelling three-part harmonies and rousing group-sung choruses, especially on the electric guitar-driven “The One You Should’ve Let Go” and “Green Eyes and A Heart of Gold,” a we-will-survive anthem that could be about a family or a band. Indeed, there is a strong familial feel to The Lone Bellow, a recurring theme of inclusiveness.