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The Lone Bellow’s ‘Gold’ Highlights the Impact of Addiction

The Lone Bellow are back with their first new music since 2020. The Nashville-based trio’s latest single “Gold” is written as a powerful testimony from someone who has lost a loved one from opioid addiction.

“We don’t ever try to write songs with an agenda, so with ‘Gold’ the idea was to tell the story from the perspective of someone in a hard situation — in this case, a guy who’s stuck in the downward spiral of addiction,” guitarist Brian Elmquist says in a statement. “We’ve sung ‘Gold’ as a folk song in the past, but for the recording we wanted to really experiment and push our sound as far as it could go.”

The song serves as a look into the darkness of addiction that plagues many small towns across America. Small decisions, often motivated by the daily humdrum of rural living, can sometimes lead to life-changing dependency and the vicious cycles that come with it.

“It’s in my blood, it’s in the water / It’s calling me still,” they sing harmoniously. “I could leave, I know I oughta / But there’s gold in them hills / Gold, gold, gold.”

Listen to “Gold” below:

Band members Elmquist, Zach Williams and Kanten Donehey Pipkin first broke into the music scene in 2013 with the release of their celebrated self-titled debut album. Since then, they’ve amassed a dedicated following and released three additional records, including their most recent LP Half Moon Light. 

You can catch the trio out on the road across the U.S. through the end of the year. Beginning tomorrow (Aug. 16), they’ll begin their stint as support for Maren Morris on her headlining Humble Quest Tour. The band will visit venues across the West Coast before embarking on their own headlining trek, which include stops at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and Washington D.C.’s 9:30 Club.

You can see a full list tour dates below and find additional ticketing information at The Lone Bellow’s official website.

The Lone Bellow 2022 Tour Dates:

Aug. 16 – Vail, Colo. @ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater *
Aug. 18 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Red Butte Garden *
Aug. 19 – Boise, Ida. @ Idaho Botanical Garden: Outlaw Field *
Aug. 20 – Missoula, Mont. @ Big Sky Brewing Company Amphitheater *
Aug. 23 – Walla Walla, Wash. @ Wine Country Amphitheater *
Aug. 28 – Troutdale, Ore. @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater *
Sept. 1 – Stowe, Vt. @ Spruce Peak Summer Concert Series
Sept. 3 – Nantucket, Mass. @ The Dreamland Theater
Sept. 15 – Santa Barbara, Calif. @ Santa Barbara Bowl *
Sept. 16 – San Diego, Calif. @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre *
Sept. 17 – Berkeley, Calif. @ The Greek Theatre *
Sept. 18 – Grass Valley, Calif. @ The Center For The Arts
Sept. 20 – Pioneertown, Calif. @ Pappy & Harriet’s
Sept. 23 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Arizona Federal Theatre *
Oct. 19 – Morrison, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
Oct. 21 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Armory *
Oct. 22 – Stoughton, Wis. @ Stoughton Opera House
Oct. 23 – Chicago, Ill. @ Thalia Hall
Oct. 24 – Chicago, Ill. @ Thalia Hall
Oct. 26 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Memorial Hall
Oct. 27 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Oct. 28 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Vogue
Oct. 29 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Sheldon Concert Hall
Nov. 2 – Louisville, Ky. @ Bomhard Theatre
Nov. 3 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ Bijou Theater
Nov. 4 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
Nov. 5 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Variety Playhouse
Nov. 6 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Saturn
Nov. 11 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Nov. 12 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Nov. 13 – New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall
Nov. 15 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Union Transfer
Nov. 16 – Portland, Me. @ State Theater
Nov. 17 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club
Nov. 18 – Fairfield, Conn. @ Warehouse
Nov. 19 – Richmond, Va. @ The National

* supporting Maren Morris

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