Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of eclectic Americana from the heart of America’s third coast, to the depths of Tennessee
Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
“Uplifting rootsy acoustic music of the finest quality.”
With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have been on the road almost non-stop all over the USA – coast-to-coast and north-to-south – since issuing their 2012 record, Release Your Shrouds.
That album showcased the band’s instrumental ingenuity, Lindsay Lou’s stunning vocal range…and self-penned material that makes them special. It was the Here Between EP that finally got them the level of attention they deserved in Europe with a huge amount of radio exposure and supportive words from reviewers. Listen to the title track, or the gorgeously-presented cover of May Erlewine’s The River Jordan, and you will hear why many are saying this young lady has the panache to establish herself as a household name.
It’s been said there is something for everyone in the live performances – real passionate affairs that stir the blood and exhilarate – from bluesy works of wonder to blistering bluegrass beauty. The band certainly has a fresh approach to the American roots genres which are explored and confidently conquered.
The EP served as a valuable snapshot of their own distinctive and ever-evolving sound and also acted as a guide to what’s to come when the next full album arrives.
When it went into circulation around the UK, reaction was instantaneous. “Fantastic” declared Marie Crichton as she played them on her BBC show, “intoxicating” was how Folkwords summed them up, while Beat Surrender praised their “great vocals and tight-knit playing.”
We caught them in action at the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City back in February, 2014, when they created so much excitement that we were thrilled at the prospect of introducing the group to audiences on this side of the Atlantic.
While Lindsay Lou and husband Joshua Rilko are a perfect meant-to-be pairing, entertaining dobro maestro Mark Lavengood is a supercharged sidekick and bassman PJ George, as well as being the band’s powerfully-impressive anchor, serves up honey-sweet vocal harmonies.
They are all great friends both on and off the stage.
“She has rising talent written all over her.”
From Johnson City Tennessee, Amythyst Kiah describes herself as a Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer-songwriter. Her influences span decades and diverse styles: combining rhythm and blues and old-time covers alongside startling originals with an angular contemporary twist, she bestrides both spheres with complete authenticity and authority. Channelled through her massively expressive voice, this richly layered repertoire confirms Amythyst’s emergence as a hugely distinctive new artist.
“She has rising talent written all over her. A 29-year-old with a striking shock of hair and a huskily expressive voice which modulates between strength and tenderness, Kiah strides comfortably across jazz, blues and even country styles.” The Scotsman
“Amythyst Kiah is going to be famous…the best way to experience her music is in person. I don’t think it’s an understatement to say that Amythyst Kiah will remind you what it is to love live music.”