The Lone Bellow with special guest and opening act Mt. Joy will launch the 2017-2018 Artist Series season at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 6 at Dave Finkelman Auditorium on Miami University Regionals’ Middletown Campus.
It has been six years since The Lone Bellow hit the scene and became known as one of the emerging best Americana acts. The appropriately titled Then Came the Morning feels like the ultimate morning-after album, with its intimate feel, gospel/soul influences, and redemptive vibe. Earthy vocal harmonies are still front and center, and acoustic axes still dominate, as the band’s blend of folk, rock, and pop unfurls. Sure, the big beats of the gritty grinder “Cold As It Is” and the dirty guitars on the crunching, bluesy stomper “Heaven Don’t Call Me Home” kick things up a bit, but the soft-pedaled, soulful sound that sets the band apart from the neo-folk pack still reigns.
With Jason Pipkin now on the keys and bass, the band now has long developed a deep and highly personal connection to their music. Walk Into A Storm, their third studio album, is set to release on September 15.
After Mt. Joy’s first single “Astrovan” began taking off on streaming platforms, the original Indie Folk duo of Matt Quinn (Vocals/Guitar) and Sam Cooper (Guitar) decided to put their other careers on hold. Philadelphia natives, Matt dropped out of school and Sam left his job to focus full-time on music. Soon after, Michael Byrnes (bass), Sotiris Eliopoulos (drums), and Terrance Mack (keys) joined and expanded the group to what it is today..Their folk rock sound draws its influences from Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, and contemporaries like The Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, and Vampire Weekend.
Tickets are $27 for adults; $25 for Seniors, Faculty and Staff; and $18 for Students and Children 12 and under.
Tickets are available online at www.miamioh.edu/Regional/Artis
Miami University Regionals’ Middletown campus is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.