I have been following a musician named Zach Williams almost as long as I’ve been writing this blog. I first stumbled upon his music when his moniker was Zach Williams and The Ramparts. Those were the heady days of Myspace and random music links that led you farther and farther down the rabbit hole. I followed his career as he made the move to NYC and at one point we started to email back and forth occasionally. I recall vividly a time when he was playing a lot of local shows in the New York area and I convinced an old high school chum to go and see a show. He ended up staying after the concert and meeting Zach in person; he described Zach as personable, friendly, and a very emotional performer.
After awhile my correspondence fell off and there were rumours that Zach was done with his pursuit of music. And then the latest chapter in his career started with The Lone Bellow. Originally running as another “Zach Williams and the” effort they eventually settled on the simpler moniker of The Lone Bellow. Eventually they decided a full length album was worth a try and they raised funding on kickstarter to get it made. Those of us fortunate enough to support the album were treated with digital and physical media alongside some magnificent live recording sessions that really captured everything I’ve always been told about their live sets.
If you haven’t heard of this band yet rest assured that they will be growing in popularity in the months and years to come. They’re at their best when Zach is emotionally filling out a lyrical melody and the music swells to meet his voice. Go buy their album from Amazon or iTunes today and keep supporting great music. (And Zach – you need to play a show in Indianapolis)