My brother first forwarded me a YouTube video of The Lone Bellow on January 15th. Accompanying the video was a text:
"The Lone Bellow are blowing up. New band. Lots of great reviews. You might enjoy them."
He told me they were getting a lot of love in New York - WFUV was playing them a lot, and a video (the aforementioned YouTube video) was going viral.
My brother knows good music, and he knows my tastes.
So I put The Lone Bellow on my radar for a Music Monday.
Apparently, I wasn't the only one.
This past week The Lone Bellow performed on Conan, which makes the timing of my brother's note to me pretty spot-on - I would imagine that's about when Conan's show might have booked them. (It also turns out their appearance was the day their album became available.)
They've apparently also been getting quite a bit of press - appearances in Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and Esquire dot their Facebook page. (And apparently Esquire does a Music Monday too. I'm not going to worry about it...I'm sure there are a zillion Music Mondays, because Sonorous Saturdays just doesn't work as well.)
It seems like "You Never Need Nobody" is the big hit right now, but YouTube has a couple of other songs to check out.
I don't know much else about them because their web page is pretty terrible. It's just a picture of the band with links to their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube pages. I'm going to go ahead and assume it's still under development - because if you're going to hit it big and someone like me wants to know where you're from and all that, someone like me would expect to be able to find that information on your web page.
They're called country, gospel - it's good. It's new. I don't know if I'll buy the album - it's not exactly my favorite kind of music. But I'm glad I know about them.
Here's the video of them on Conan from January 22nd. And here's the first video I saw that my brother sent me: