HILLSIDE – Gene & Shelley Enlow Recital Hall at Kean University will features a one-night-only concert by The Lone Bellow on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Their self-titled album debuted January 22, 2013 and has been called “one of the best albums of the year” by People Magazine and garnered rave reviews from everyone from USA Today, The New York Times, The Associated Press, Paste, Forbes and Filter. NPR’s Bob Boilen stated, “The world of acoustic music is about to get a new household name. The music of The Lone Bellow is born from tragedy and told with heart and simplicity.”
The Lone Bellow is lead singer and principal songwriter Zach Williams; singer and mandolin player Kanene Pipkin, and singer-guitarist Brian Elmquist. Georgia-born Williams began songwriting in 2005, during a prolonged stay at Atlanta’s Shepherd Center after his wife was thrown from a horse and paralyzed from the neck down. With a dire diagnosis of quadriplegia, there was nothing to do but sit vigil with his group of friends – also artists. While they waited for healing, Williams picked up a guitar and taught himself to play, putting melody to a journal entry that would become his first song, “Hospital.” His wife eventually recovered (her spinal cord, initially thought severed, was terribly bruised) and the couple and their group of friends moved to Brooklyn shortly thereafter.
Williams and the band’s music evolved to reflect his Southern roots, incorporating elements of rock, gospel, country and blues that result in a unique and soul-searing blend of can’t-get-them-out-of-your-head lyrics that spring from a deep emotional reservoir.
Tickets to The Lone Bellow in Enlow Hall are $25-$35 and can be purchased by calling Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-7469, online at http://enlowhall.kean.edu, or in person at Kean University’s Wilkins Theater Box Office.
Enlow Hall is situated on Kean University’s East Campus at 215 North Avenue, Hillside, NJ 07205. Renowned for its superb acoustics and elegant design, the newly renovated 300 – seat Hall has been praised by noted performers and patrons for its intimate ambiance and proximity between musicians and audience members.
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