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Country music straight out of Brooklyn (Brooklyn!) heads to Gabe’s this Sunday


The Lone Bellow
The Lone Bellow play what they describe as “Brooklyn country music.” — photo via The Lone Bellow

Brooklyn-based indie folk band, The Lone Bellow, will be playing a show at Gabe’s on Sunday, January 19. The River Monks, from Des Moines, will be opening.

With the runaway success of groups like Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and The Avett Brothers, there’s no shortage of passionate acoustic folk-rock today. But The Lone Bellow’s story sets them apart from their contemporaries.

Bandleader Zach Williams began writing songs while taking care of his wife, who had suffered a near-death horseback riding accident when they lived in Georgia. Miraculously, Williams’ wife recovered, and the two decided to move to Brooklyn. It was there that Williams, while working in a diner, gathered his friends to flesh out his simple, soulful folk songs. Three songs into their first rehearsal, Williams decided to quit his job and pursue music fully.

With that sort of story, it’s easy to understand why The Lone Bellow are as earnest as they come. On their website, Williams described the recording process for their self-titled debut album:

That was the way it was making this record. It was all about capturing moments. We didn’t play to a click; we were just in it. It was absolutely wonderful. I felt like the city just soaked through the windows into the recording.

Bands this romantic and sentimental risk being off-putting, but their beautifully executed three-part harmonies and elegant arrangements could capture the attention of even the most cynical audiences.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door.

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