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Judah & The Lion

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 8:00 PM

Years before forming one of Nashville's most genre-bendingbands, the members of Judah & the Lion grew up inseparate corners of the U.S., listening to every type of musicthat came their way. They loved it all: the twang of folk, thebeat of hip-hop, the drive of rock & roll, the punch of pop.Later, after college brought all four musicians to Tennessee,it only made sense to combine those different backgrounds and different sounds together.With their second full-length album, Folk Hop N Roll, theguys shine a light on the place where their influencesoverlap. It's a wide-ranging sound, with fuzz bass, hip-hoppercussion, distorted banjo riffs, and super-sized melodiesall stirred into the same mixing pot."There's no boundaries," says front man Judah Akers, whoshares the band's lineup with drummer Spencer Cross,mandolin player Brian Macdonald, and banjo wiz NateZuercher. "We wanted to make something raw, somethingwith attitude. We all grew up loving these hip-hop beats, sowhy not make an album that has the grit of Run DMC orBeastie Boys, along with all the folk instruments that weplay?"Like Kids These Days the band's debut record, whichclimbed to number four on the Bill- board Folk Chart andnumber two on the genre-wide Heatseekers chart after itsrelease in September 2014 Folk Hop N Roll wasproduced by award winner Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, SturgillSimpson, Chris Stapleton). Cobb captured the band's newsongs in a series of quick, inspired takes, aiming forperformances that sounded real and raw rather thanpolished and per- fect. Everything was done in just twoweeks. The goal was to fuel the album with the sameelectricity that fills the band's live show.An independent band whose success has arrived not on theback of some big- budget major label, but through the band'sown touring, Judah & the Lion have built a large, loyalfanbase on the road. They played 150 shows in 2015 alone,stretching their gigs all across America and Scandinavia.Along the way, they shared stages with artists like MatKearney, Drew Holcomb, and Ben Rector. That sort to drive the commitment to chasing down their dreams, one encoreat a time also fuels the lyrics that appear on FolkHop N Roll, a record whose songs spin stories of struggle,triumph, and all points in between."This record was made for the live show," Akers promises."Our shows are all about the experience we share with ourfans. We know that people work everyday jobs or go toschool, and they're dealing with life, and yet they're stillchoosing to spend the night with us. We don't take thatlightly. We give them an experience. We throw an absoluterage. And all the songs were made with that in mind. They'refun, carefree, and youthful, and we live our lives that way,too."Anthemic and wildly creative, Folk Hop N Roll is unlikeanything else in modern music. It's a rule-breaking record,with Judah & the Lion creating a sound that belongs entirelyto them. From the earthy stomp of roots music to the boldbounce of hip-hop, Folk Hop N Roll casts a wide net, proofthat Judah & the Lion who are now four releases into theircareer have developed quite the roar.Continuing the success of Folk Hop N Roll, Judah & theLions hit single, Take It All Back 2.0, recently reached the#1 spot on the Alternative charts. The band also looksforward to US tours with Twenty One Pilots, Kaleo, Incubusand Jimmy Eat World, and World Wide headline dates in2017.

Cost: $22.00 - $77.00
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