As we look towards bands on the verge of breaking in 2013, The Lone Bellow should be near the top of the list. In anticipation of their debut release on January 22nd, NPR is streaming The Lone Bellow’s self-titled record in-full as a First Listen feature this week. With the delicate ruggedness of The Swell Season and the approachability of The Lumineers, the Georgia-to-Brooklyn transplants brought the Gospel and close harmony traditions of the South up the coast with them. And though their music is steeped in Southern musical lore, there is an element of Northern wilderness in tracks like “Tree to Grow” and “Two Sides of Lonely” that makes the album a cozy and invigorating winter listen.
As NPR writes, “… if The Lone Bellow breaks big, which seems like a decent possibility, it’ll be with songs of survival and redemption, written out of necessity rather than opportunity.” The Lone Bellow will perform at The TLA on February 12th for To Write Love On Her Arms’ Heavy & Light Tour; tickets and information can be found here. Head over to NPR Music to stream The Lone Bellow and watch the video for “Two Sides Of Lonely” below.