The Lone Bellow

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The Lone Bellow
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Background information
Origin Brooklyn, New York, United States
Genres Americana, alt-country, indie folk
Years active 2011–present
Labels Descendant, Sony Masterworks[1]
  • Zach Williams
  • Kanene Donehey Pipkin
  • Brian Elmquist

The Lone Bellow is an American musical group from Brooklyn, New York, United States.


The Lone Bellow began as a songwriting project for Zach Williams, whose wife had suffered temporary paralysis following a horseback riding accident.[2] During his wife's recovery, Williams coped with the experience by writing in a journal. At the urging of his friends, Williams learned how to play the guitar and turned his journal entries into songs. Following his wife's recovery, the couple moved to New York City in order to pursue their creative endeavors.[3][better source needed]

Previously, Williams had been performing as a solo act around Brooklyn and New York City, occasionally being backed by a hired band.[3][better source needed] Williams recalls when The Lone Bellow's guitarist and old friend, Brian Elmquist met at Dizzy's Diner in Park Slope.[3][better source needed] Williams invited fellow singer Kanene Pipkin to join them at the diner, and it was then that the trio was initially conceived.[3] Initially known as Zach Williams and the Bellow, the band shortened its name to The Lone Bellow before putting out any official releases.[4] In 2012, the group signed with Descendant Records, a newly formed imprint of Sony Music,[5] and released its self-titled debut, produced by Charlie Peacock, in January 2013.[6][7] It was recorded at local NYC venue Rockwood Music Hall over the course of three days.[citation needed]

The album appeared at No. 64 on the Billboard 200.[8] People named it No. 8 of the Top 10 Albums of 2013[citation needed] and Entertainment Weekly said it was "One of the top reasons to love country music in 2013".[citation needed] The album was featured on 10 different Best of 2013 year-end lists.[citation needed]

The band announced in early 2014 that they would be recording a new album with producer Aaron Dessner of The National.[citation needed] The band released the first single from the album, "Then Came the Morning", which premiered on NPR's website on October 6, 2014.[9] The band released a second single, titled "Fake Roses", which premiered on Stereogum on November 3, 2014.[10] The album was released on January 27, 2015.[11] Later in 2015, they toured the UK with Kacey Musgraves[citation needed] and were nominated for an Americana Music Award for Duo/Group of the Year on the strength of their album.[citation needed] In early 2016 the band members relocated to Nashville.[citation needed]

In 2017, Descendant Records partnered with Sony Masterworks to release the band's third album, Walk Into a Storm, recorded at the RCA Studio A in Nashville, produced by Dave Cobb and released on September 15, 2017.[1][12]


Brian Elmquist
  • Zach Williams - guitar, lead vocals
  • Kanene Donehey Pipkin - mandolin, bass, keyboard, vocals
  • Brian Elmquist - guitar, vocals



Title Album details Peak chart positions



The Lone Bellow
  • Released: January 22, 2013
  • Label: Descendant
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
64 13 5 19
Then Came the Morning
  • Released: January 27, 2015
  • Label: Descendant
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
44 6 5 11
Walk Into a Storm
  • Released: September 15, 2017
  • Label: Descendant, Sony Masterworks
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
173 8 41


Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Bleeding Out" 2013 17 The Lone Bellow
"Then Came the Morning" 2014 17 Then Came the Morning
"Fake Roses"
"Take My Love" 2015 21
"Time's Always Leaving" 2017 25 Walk Into a Storm
"—" denotes singles that did not chart or were not released

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2015 Americana Music Honors & Awards Duo/Group of the Year Themselves Nominated