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Life’s Soundtrack – Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys

So last Saturday  I ran for the first time in two weeks! The soundtrack for the run was from a band that I found through the Band of the Day on my iPhone Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys, progressive bluegrass band from Lansing, Michigan.


I have listened to their latest album Release Your Shrouds  over the last few days an I’ve been impressed by their music, particularly the mandolin provided by Josh Rilko, Lindsey Lou’s husband and the dobro of Mark Lavengood, and well the banjo of Keith Billik and Spencer Cain’s bass aren’t bad either. Put those Flatbellys together with Lindsey Lou’s strong songwriting and vocals and you have a great young band. Here’s some of their press:

Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys bring new life to bluegrass. Outstanding vocals along with exceptional musical chops will keep you wanting more.” — Dave Bruzza of Greensky Bluegrass

 “Sometimes, the vocalist’s prowess is enough to elevate a band from the ranks of their contemporaries. But it’s not just Lindsay Lou’s vocals that will make Release Your Shrouds the latest addition to your music collection. The tight-knit lyrics and infectious joy in The Flatbellys’ songs will make you stop whatever you’re doing and cock an ear. The band’s skill is breath-taking, and it’s obvious through their playing that there is nothing they’d rather do more than come together and make music.” — Rachel, Adobe and Teardrops

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So here are two Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys videos. The first is their original song “My Side of the Mountain” and the second is Mark Lavengood demonstrating his resonator prowess on “Wheel Hoss”