Writer: Sam Kayuha.
Nashville-based group The Lone Bellow is slated to appear Thursday night at the Lincoln Theater, touring in support of its latest album, “Walk Into a Storm.”
The country-folk band formed in 2011 in New York City, when guitarist Brian Elmquist and vocalist Kanene Donehey Pipkin joined singer and songwriter Zach Williams. A record deal came a year later, resulting in a self-titled debut that landed on multiple best of 2013 lists.
Its second effort, “Then Came the Morning,” dropped in early 2015. Before “Walk Into a Storm,” the group relocated to Nashville, leaving one thriving music scene for another, immersing itself in the epicenter of country music. The album is full of reflective, mostly acoustic tunes. It is genuine country without the twang or the honky-tonk with which Nashville is often associated. The three members come together in infectious harmonies, using their voices to carry the tracks, bellied by strumming guitar and the occasional piano.
The title track is meditative and cathartic at once. “Can’t Be Happy for Long” is the height of country-rock, and the album’s closer, “Long Way to Go” is the poetic finish to an album that balanced between heartbreaking and optimistic. It eventually decides on the latter, declaring that “No darkness can contain/ No shadow will remain.”
The Lincoln Theater is located at 769 E. Long St.
The show begins at 8pm, and tickets are still available.