On Saturday evening, I rang in 2017 at the Bowery Ballroom with one of my favorite bands, The Lone Bellow. They delivered on so many levels with old favorites and new soon-to-be hits.
The show opened with Diners from their second album Then Came The Morning. It was a boom of an opener with super strong vocals just to let us know what we were in for. Next up came You Can Be All Kinds Of Emotional from their self titled first album. This song really introduced us to the strong and tight harmonies we’d be hearing throughout the rest of the night from Zach Williams, Brian Elmquist, and the lovely Kenene Donehey Pipkin.
We were also treated to a new song that I didn’t catch the name of but it was a great rocking country-esque tune. Later, we also got to witness one of my favorite songs by The Lone Bellow called You Never Need Nobody, which ended with an epic acapella chorus from the audience. (Being New Year’s Eve, the crowd was especially amped)
Another song featuring audience participation came through The One You Should’ve Let Go. Then we were treated to another new song called Time where Kenene moved over to the keys and we heard this upbeat, almost old school soul track, which was pretty awesome. Zach Williams throughout the night became this increasingly sweaty showman, echoing the likes of James Brown.
Then the three bellows huddled up around one mic and Kenene gave us an intimate version of Lovely In Blue and the gospel-esque Watch Over Us, which led us to the midnight countdown and The Lone Bellow’s version of Auld Lang Syne.
After a brief moment to take in the end of 2016 and welcome in 2017, we heard another new song called Loretta dedicated to Zach’s daughter. They continued to play all the songs we have come to love including, May You Be Well, Bleeding Out, and adding a small brass section for Cold As It Is.
The night was coming near to an end when the trio took us to church with Then Came The Morning which segued into a little yet epic cover of Whitey Houston’s I Want To Dance With Somebody. They closed the show with Green Eyes And A Heart of Gold and an encore of Teach Me To Know where they paraded into the crowd to finish it.
This was my second time seeing The Lone Bellow and they put on one hell of a show. I can’t wait to hear some more of the new music and catch them again on the next tour. If you get a chance to see these guys, no matter what kind of music you enjoy, you will have a great time!