Blazing hot Michigan roots ensemble Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys are scheduled to play Feist Wines in Amador City, Sunday, May 17 at 4 pm. They are a band uncommonly attuned to each other, the product of near-constant touring and live shows made legend by their infectious, high-energy performances.
Performing live, the Flatbellys delight in swapping instruments back and forth. There’s a great sense of play and warmth in their music, the fantastically sarcastic “Criminal Style or the lovely housewarming song “House Together” prove this. The bands camaraderie has no doubt been bolstered by long car rides while on tour. Much of the power of this interplay comes from the impressive mastery each member shows over their instruments.
|Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys|
Leading the group, Lindsay Lou has a remarkable voice. One part jazz singer, effortlessly transitioning octaves, one part blues, soaring over the band like a clarion call, and one part folk singer, rousing them all together in song. Mandolinist Joshua Rilko picks with a careful precision that turns surprising when he slams into speedy power chords, dobro player Mark Lavengood is remarkably deft at matching melody lines with quick responses, and bassist PJ George creates bass lines cleverly crafted to uphold the whole structure of the songs.
The instruments and the bedrock of the band may come from bluegrass, but the music that Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys present on their new album Ionia can best be described as Americana. This is music that’s caught between the pull of the past and the push of the beckoning future, ready to leap forward bursting with new ideas and youthful energy.
Feist has become a hot new venue for folk and Americana music with sold out shows like Mandolin Orange and Willie Watson. What pairs better with wine than music?