Photograph by Josh Elioseff at Swallow Hill in Denver, CO.
42 Days on the raod. 8,954 miles. 2 colds per person. 1 lucky winner of the stomach flu. Family and friend reunions to sooth and mend the soul. Audiences larger than last time. Progress. Nebraska thrifting following a sold out show. Being legal in Colorado. Hot tubs. 1st tour jam at Brian and Rachel's. Sauce! Montana Big Sky pitstop with epic Grizzly Bear family history. 1st mountain climb of the tour in Washington to overlook the sea. Day-off Karaoke, oyster shooters and a midnight ocean wade. Spencer Butte. Superbowl Party. Oliver Mtukudzi at WOW Hall. Coffee shop dance party. Wandering Goat. Michigan reunion with The Marvins. Jams and Cards Against Humanity. Barking at the Sea Lions in Crescent City, CA. One tree=One hotel. New friends at the diner. Redwood hiking. Jedediah National Forest. Hayfork, CA. Lagunitas and the T-Sisters. Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman. Front Country. The Freight. Colorado take 2. Carrie Labarge! Snowy mountain passes. Hippie Dip in the natural hot springs outside Carbondale. Swallow Hill nearly sold out. Dave Bruzza and Monica Smith. Back to Nebraska. Young yodeler Alexa. Pilgrimage back to Lindsay's birthplace in Butler, MO. Bill & Leslie McBee. Folk Alliance International 2014. Badass Women Music Makers. The Stray Birds. The Rail Splitters. Billy & Don. The Appleseed Collective. The Foghorn String Band. Caleb & Eli. Ana & Elizabeth. Dom Flemings. Mark Lavengood Bluegrass Bonanza. The Americana Agency! Iceskating. Back home.
Photograph by Josh Elioseff at Swallow Hill in Denver, CO.
This is a follow up video to the first in it's series, Natural Man. Here we are Between Seattle and Bainbridge Island, WA on the ferry. Natural Man also occurred on our last West Coast Tour, but Between Arcata, CA and San Francisco. Here it is to jog your memory...
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal's year would have some of that animal's personality. 2014 is a horse year, and those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands.
I have a hunch that 2014 will be a good year for progress, and for progress to be in those areas that the horse excels would be grand! Here are some things I and my bellys have been working on in the way of personal and collective progress:
First, our band experienced two successful Kickstarter projects. Joshua and I completed our duo record, "Time & Luck," and Mark is well on his way to wrapping up his sophmore solo project, which is entitled "No Part of Nothin'" Both projects drew on the incredible music community that lives in the land between the lakes of Michigan. Time & Luck is now available on Spotify, iTunes, and all the online places you might want to find some music.
Second, we have up and moved on from our residency at the Wolverine State Brewing Company. It was a stellar couple years that we held down as many Tuesdays as we could, but with our tour schedule as it is, it's outside our feasible ability to be there. We're hoping to use this opportunity to be more intentional about our shows in the Ann Arbor area. Keep your eyes peeled for future shows at the Ark!
Lastly, but not leastly, we're on the road right now! Check out our tour schedule for places to catch us Here Between now and the International Folk Alliance in Kansas City, KA.
The Here Between EP Tour
1/11/14 | Winter Wheat Festival | Grand Rapids, MI
1/14/14 | River's Edge Gallery | Muscatine, IA
1/15/14 | Bieroc Café | McCook, NE
1/16/14 | 4th & Main | Wray, CO
1/17/14 | Avogadro's Number | Fort Collins, CO
1/18/14 | House Concert | Castle Rock, CO
1/21/14 | Republic Brew Co. | Republic, WA
1/22/14 | House Concert | Walla Walla, WA
1/23/14 | Treehouse Cafe | Bainbridge Island, WA
1/24/14 | The Green Frog | Bellingham, WA
1/25/14 | Empty Sea Studios | Seattle, WA
1/26/14 | House Concert | Tumwater, WA
1/27/14 | Adrift Hotel | Long Beach, WA
1/28/14 | Adrift Hotel | Long Beach, WA
1/29/14 | Alberta Street Pub | Portland, OR
1/30/14 | L.C. Cultural Center | Lincoln City, OR
1/31/14 | Axe and Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR
2/01/14 | Sam Bond's Garage | Eugene, OR
2/06/14 | Humbrews | Arcata, CA
2/07/14 | Lagunitas Brew Co. | Petaluma, CA
2/08/14 | Sutter Creek Theatre | Sutter Creek, CA
2/09/14 | Freight & Salvage | Berkeley, CA
2/12/14 | Front Range BBQ | Colorado Springs, CO
2/13/14 | House Concert | Pine, CO
2/14/14 | Steve's Guitars | Carbondale, CO
2/15/14 | Swallow Hill | Denver, CO
2/16/14 | The Balcony | Loomis, NE
2/19-22/14 | Int’l Folk Alliance | Kansas City, KS
P.S. Have you seen these homemade videos?
Dear Friends, Michiganders and Grand Rapidians:
We'll be performing at Wheatland Music Organization's Winter Wheat at The Intersection in Grand Rapids this Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 4:30pm, and we hope to see you there!
Get your tickets ahead of time to make sure you reserve yourself a spot!
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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The duo album and the fundraising.
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