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The Safari Re-discovers the Progressive Bluegrass of Lansing’s Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys!

Ok so today the Safari travels Michigan and rediscovers a band that I first listened to about a year ago Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys.  From their website:

Hailing from all corners of the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys are giving a nod to American traditional music, while boldy taking their own songs in new directions.  Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise, and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound.  The group focuses on the original tunes of Lindsay Lou Rilko, which include true-life tales of bank-robbing aunties, moonshinin’ grandpas, and celebrations of love, life, and nature. It’s an infectious vibe that could only have been born in the heart of America’s Fresh Coast! Full Bio.

Seems like the day that I listened to the band was a day of a tough run but like always the music made it better!!

The soundtrack for the run was from a band that I found out about through the Band of the Day on my iPhone Lindsey Lou and the Flatbellys, a progressive bluegrass band from Lansing, Michigan. I have listened to their latest album Release Your Shrouds  over the last few days and I’ve been impressed by their music, particularly the mandolin provided by Josh Rilko, Lindsey Lou’s husband. Also 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

You can read the full post here.

Here’s a new video that I found today from Lindsey Lou and the Flatbelly  that provided the spark for this post!! So it’s “into the morning” with “If You’ll Be Mine”