Date: Tuesday, Dec 11th, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Stuart’s Opera House
Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio presents a special evening of music with The Lone Bellow, who bring their intimate Triiio Acoustic Tour here on Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m.
It’s been three years since The Lone Bellow’s victorious Then Came The Morning was released. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, the album was nominated for an Americana Music Award. The band appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Show With David Letterman,” “Conan O’Brien,” “CBS This Morning,” “Later…with Jools Holland,” and “The Late Late Show With James Corden” in support of the album. In the years since the release, the band left their beloved adopted home of Brooklyn and moved to Nashville. Now, The Lone Bellow returned in 2017 with Walk Into A Storm, which was produced by legendary music producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, and more). The trio, featuring Zach Williams (guitar/vocals), Kanene Donehey Pipkin (multi-instrumentalist), and Brian Elmquist (guitar), recorded this album in only seven days. And now along with the Triiio Acoustic Tour this winter, the group returns with a brand new EP just released in 2018, The Restless.
The Triiio tour was announced by the band in early summer 2018. From the band: “You’re cordially invited to the TRIIIO Tour. For some time now, we’ve done a mid-set performance around one microphone at our shows, and we’ve decided to make an entire night out of it. The three of us are embarking on a country-wide tour of acoustic shows in some of the most beautiful and intimate venues across the country. It will be an opportunity to try new arrangements of our entire repertoire, debut new and unrecorded songs, take requests, and hear more of Zach’s unparalleled storytelling and Brian’s incredible jokes.”
Robert Ellis will open the show. He has named his new album after himself and the reason is clear. The album is both his most personal statement yet and a summation of his career thus far. Ellis was born and raised in Lake Jackson, a town about an hour from Houston whose other famous residents have included the Pauls (Ron and Rand) and Selena (the original Queen of Tejano, not the current pop sensation). As he developed as a writer, though, he found himself drawn toward the smartest and sharpest of the class of songwriters who developed in the 1970s: artists like Paul Simon, John Prine, and Randy Newman. And he didn’t just listen to them. He learned from them. Specifically, he learned the finer points of songcraft. That respect for tradition—but more specifically for the fact that so-called traditional artists were in fact consistent risk-takers—fuel Ellis’s new record. “With this record,” he says, “I feel like I’ve gotten to where I can use the material of my own life as a jumping-off point. But now I can do different things with that material.” In this case, of course, the material has an element of melancholy. Much of the record revolves around the dissolution of Ellis’s marriage.
It’s a breakup album, but not one that dissects its subject with straightforward rage and regret—Ellis and his ex-wife remain friends, and she is even featured in the album art, which was created after the divorce. Rather, it’s an album that finds Ellis reaching back into the trick bags of masters like Simon, Prine, and Newman, and employing the full complement of skills that he’s learned from them. “‘Perfect Strangers,’ took a month,” he says. “I had a notepad and walked around New York, giving myself personal therapy through the eyes of the city.”
The Lone Bellow will play Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio for their Triiio Acoustic Tour on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:00pm. Robert Ellis will open the show. Tickets are available right now, Floor seats are $27 in advance or $32 at the door, Balcony is $22 in advance or $27 at the door, and Box Seats are $32 in advance or $37 at the door. Robert Ellis will open the show. For more information call (740) 753-1924 or visit our website at www.stuartsoperahouse.org.
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