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SLCene Suggests: The Lone Bellow at The State Room

by on October 12, 2014


THE LONE BELLOW, THE STATE ROOM, Monday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., $22

The Lone Bellow’s self-titled debut came out nearly two years ago, and at first I thought the Brooklyn trio’s country-rock sound was a bit slick for my taste. Then I got to see Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist and Kanene Pipkin perform live, and my impression changed in a hurry. The vocal harmonies among the three are truly stunning, and the full scope of The Lone Bellow’s sound came into vibrant focus on stage, far better than on their album. Songs like “The One You Should’ve Let Go” and “Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold” stick in your head for days after hearing them given the full live treatment, and the touches of gospel, soul and pop that infuse Williams’ songs really shine live. Anyone who went to the rainy Jason Isbell show at Red Butte Garden this summer saw The Lone Bellow brave a downpour and still deliver a killer set. Seeing them in a small club will be a fine way to spend a Monday night. Hugh Bob and the Hustle open the show.

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