by Ashley Winward | November 20, 2013
"Coming from a girl whose musical library is mostly punk and alternative rock, it may come as a shock to some of you that I indeed have a piece of my heart that adores folk and country music.
The guitar melodies are so soothing, the vocals are pure, and the stories just bring a smile to your face. Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys are the epitome of all three of these things on their newly released album, Release Your Shrouds.
I wouldn’t even consider Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys to be “Folk” or “Country,” because of all the elements that encompass their sound. While one song, like opening track, “Hats Off,” has that quintessential bluegrass banjo line, the next track, “My Side of the Mountain,” sounds like a hit off the big country stations.
“Tied Down to You,” might be one of my favorite songs on the whole album for its bluesy muted trumpet line and Lou’s delivery of the lyrics that reminds me a lot of Zoe Deschanel in her musical project, She & Him.
“Pass Me the Whiskey,” is a fun tune with a lot of soul and great instrumentation that I appreciate. Their variety, while still being grounded in their earthy roots, is fantastic and I love listening to it!
I think the one song that threw me for a loop was “Querida Tierra,” which translates from Spanish to “Dear Earth.” I would never expect this kind of group to have a song in a different language, especially one with such gorgeous lyrics. When looking at the translation, it’s about being so in love with nature that you want to marry it; the earth, the sun and the sky.
“It’s certain that I adore you,” Lou croons, “your voice, and in truth, everything. I love you too much.” I wish that there was an English translated version, though I don’t know it needs one because it is as beautiful as it is already.
“Wonderful You Are,” has to be the most jazz influenced of the album, with nothing but Lou’s wonderful voice and Spencer Cain on upright bass strumming away in the background. I feel the need to snap every time I listen to it! “Barbarossa” is an instrumental only track that shows off the band as a whole. While the focus may be on Lou for her voice and lyrics, this group is equally matched in great talent from the rest of the band.
“Lemon Squeezy,” is my other favorite track off the album because it is a quirky and cute love song that won’t fail at making you smile. The closing clip, “The Petroff Line,” was an adorable way to end the whole album and leaves me wanting more from them!
With the recent shift in the musical spotlight to more folk inspired groups like Mumford and Sons and Of Monsters and Men, I see a great opportunity for Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys to get the recognition they deserve. Lou has such a beautiful and pure voice that everyone should be envious of, and the rest of the band is so good at what they do, especially with such unique instruments in today’s age of music being so electronic and over processed.
If I were you, I would make your way over to the Outer Space in Hamden (part of The Space) on Nov. 17 to see these guys live. If they have as much energy in person as they do on a recording, you will be in for a treat! Be sure to look out for a Livewell Latest review from Shannon Livewell of their performance in the coming weeks."
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We're in the van on our way to the Ferdinand Folk Festival! Then it's onto the much anticipated Bluegrass event of the year- IBMA in Raleigh, NC. Check the schedule above to see where we'll be playing throughout the week. There's going to be many other rad acts to check out, including fellow Americana Agency artists: The Stray Birds, The Steel Wheels, and Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line. See ya there!
The Fix by Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.
Recorded at Bending Sickle Farm in Stockbridge, MI by John Hanson.
Hey everybody! We hope your summer is going swimmingly.
Joshua and Lindsay are well into their duo record project. Keep your eyes peele for the new release sometime in the fall or winter of 2013.
We've got an exciting roster for the remainder or summer. Check us out tomorrow at The Barn Swallow Concert Series in Ann Arbor at Katie Lee's . Then we're off to South Lyon and then up to Alpena for Freedom Fest. We're stoked to be back in the great Up North for this epic event or nostolgia, pickin', dancin', singin' and general camaraderie. If you can't make this festival, fear not. We'll be back for another the following weekend- Dunesville Bluegrass Folk and Roots Music Festival near beautiful Lake Michigan. The line-up for this festival is exciting to say the least. All of Michigan's sweetest music makers in one place at the same time. Woah.
Scan the sched.* for further opportunities to share in the live music experience with us:
Thursday, July 18, 2013 | Barn Swallow Concerts | Ann Arbor, MI
Friday, July 19, 2013 | McHattie Park | South Lyon, MI
Saturday, July 20, 2013 | Freedom Fest 2013 | Alpena, MI
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | Wolverine State Brewing Co. | Ann Arbor, MI
Thursday, July 25, 2013 | Blind Pig | Ann Arbor, MI
Friday, July 26, 2013 | Dunesville Music Festival | Lake Ann, MI
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | Wolverine State Brewing Co. | Ann Arbor, MI
Friday, August 2, 2013 | Trinity House Theatre | Livonia, MI
Saturday, August 3, 2013 | Private Event | Pinckney, MI
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | Memorial Park | Fennville, MI
Friday, August 9, 2013 | The Loft | Lansing, MI
Thursday, August 15, 2013 | Short's Brewing Co. | Bellaire, MI
Friday, August 16, 2013 | Private Event | Traverse City, MI
Saturday, August 17, 2013 | Private Event | Charlevoix, MI
Sunday, August 18, 2013 | Private Event | Marshall, MI
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 | Wolverine State Brewing Co. | Ann Arbor, MI
Thursday, August 22, 2013 | Tecumseh Center for the Arts | Tecumseh, MI
Friday, August 23, 2013 | Dogwood Center for Performing Arts | Fremont, MI
Saturday, August 24, 2013 | Union Street Station | Traverse City, MI
Sunday, August 25, 2013 | House Concert | Harbor Springs, MI
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 | Wolverine State Brewing Co. | Ann Arbor, MI
*Further details can be found by following the "Shows" tab above.
We're in Yonkers, NY right now wrapping up a fantastic evening with the Stray Birds. Check out the rest of our tour schedule and help spread the word about the rest of these spring-time shows in the Eastern States!
Thu 5/9 | Thunderbird Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA
Fri 5/10 | Mauch Chunk Opera House | Jim Thorpe, PA (w/ David Jacobs-Strain & Bob Beach)
Sat 5/11 | Holcomb Farm | West Granby, CT
Sun 5/12 | Rockwood Music Hall | New York, NY
Sun 5/12 | Superfine | Brooklyn, NY
Tue 5/14 | Cantab Lounge | Cambridge, MA
Wed 5/15 | Cady's Tavern | Chepachet, RI
Thu 5/16 | B Side Ballroom | Oneonta, NY
Fri 5/17 | House Concert | Lancaster, PA
Sat 5/18 | Urban H2O | Yonkers, NY
Sun 5/19 | Firebox | Hartford, CT
Mon 5/20 | St. Mazie | Brooklyn, NY
Wed 5/22 | Sportsmen's Tavern | Buffalo, NY
Thu 5/23 | Abilene | Rochester, NY
Sat 5/25 | GottaGetGon Folk Festival Ballston Spa, NY
Sun 5/26 | Rockwood Music Hall Stg. 2 New York, NY
Tue 5/28 | Barley's Taproom | Knoxville, TN
Wed 5/29 | Oskar Blues Brewery | Brevard, NC
Thu 5/30 | The Purple Onion | Saluda, NC
Fri 5/31 | Music on the Square | Jonesborough, TN
Sat 6/1 | Forty Acres | Durham, NC