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Judah & The Lion

AC Entertainment Presents

Judah & The Lion

Kristin Diable

Fri, February 12, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Minglewood Hall

Memphis, TN

$15.00 - $17.00

This event is all ages

Judah & The Lion
Judah & The Lion
Years before forming one of Nashville's most genre-bending
bands, the members of Judah & the Lion grew up in
separate corners of the U.S., listening to every type of music
that came their way. They loved it all: the twang of folk, the
beat of hip-hop, the drive of rock & roll, the punch of pop.
Later, after college brought all four musicians to Tennessee,
it only made sense to combine those different backgrounds
— and different sounds — together.
With their second full-length album, Folk Hop N Roll, the
guys shine a light on the place where their influences
overlap. It's a wide-ranging sound, with fuzz bass, hip-hop
percussion, distorted banjo riffs, and super-sized melodies
all stirred into the same mixing pot.
"There's no boundaries," says front man Judah Akers, who
shares the band's lineup with drummer Spencer Cross,
mandolin player Brian Macdonald, and banjo wiz Nate
Zuercher. "We wanted to make something raw, something
with attitude. We all grew up loving these hip-hop beats, so
why not make an album that has the grit of Run DMC or
Beastie Boys, along with all the folk instruments that we
Like Kids These Days — the band's debut record, which
climbed to number four on the Bill- board Folk Chart and
number two on the genre-wide Heatseekers chart after its
release in September 2014 — Folk Hop N Roll was
produced by award winner Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill
Simpson, Chris Stapleton). Cobb captured the band's new
songs in a series of quick, inspired takes, aiming for
performances that sounded real and raw rather than
polished and per- fect. Everything was done in just two
weeks. The goal was to fuel the album with the same
electricity that fills the band's live show.
An independent band whose success has arrived not on the
back of some big- budget major label, but through the band's
own touring, Judah & the Lion have built a large, loyal
fanbase on the road. They played 150 shows in 2015 alone,
stretching their gigs all across America and Scandinavia.
Along the way, they shared stages with artists like Mat
Kearney, Drew Holcomb, and Ben Rector. That sort to drive
— the commitment to chasing down their dreams, one encore
at a time — also fuels the lyrics that appear on Folk
Hop N Roll, a record whose songs spin stories of struggle,
triumph, and all points in between.
"This record was made for the live show," Akers promises.
"Our shows are all about the experience we share with our
fans. We know that people work everyday jobs or go to
school, and they're dealing with life, and yet they're still
choosing to spend the night with us. We don't take that
lightly. We give them an experience. We throw an absolute
rage. And all the songs were made with that in mind. They're
fun, carefree, and youthful, and we live our lives that way,
Anthemic and wildly creative, Folk Hop N Roll is unlike
anything else in modern music. It's a rule-breaking record,
with Judah & the Lion creating a sound that belongs entirely
to them. From the earthy stomp of roots music to the bold
bounce of hip-hop, Folk Hop N Roll casts a wide net, proof
that Judah & the Lion — who are now four releases into their
career — have developed quite the roar.
Continuing the success of Folk Hop N’ Roll, Judah & the
Lion’s hit single, “Take It All Back 2.0”, recently reached the
#1 spot on the Alternative charts. The band also looks
forward to US tours with Twenty One Pilots, Kaleo, Incubus
and Jimmy Eat World, and World Wide headline dates in
Kristin Diable
Kristin Diable
When we called it the American Dream, what we really meant was "the American Myth."
That myth convinced us that the right house/car/bank account/voting card could punch our tickets to a happily-ever-after, but for reasons too numerous and depressing to note, that myth is finally dying. Somewhere along the way, we realized the secret to mythology is not letting anyone sell it to you. You have to create your own. And now something new is springing up as we cast off the strange rules and crushing expectations of old. We're rediscovering that freedom comes from the inside out, not from the outside in.
Kristin Diable has been exploring freedom and choice in her music ever since she picked up an open mic at a lounge in Baton Rouge and stunned the audience into silence. She rode that vibe, away to New York and then back to her native Louisiana like a storm front, one that shook New Orleans and cooled the air. And her newest album, Create Your Own Mythology, invokes her Louisiana and Americana roots, while firing a rock-and-roll shot across the bow of borrowed myths.
Producer Dave Cobb expands upon a stellar year that had seen Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Lindi Ortega's Tin Star, and Jason Isbell's Southeastern all arrive to critical acclaim--here he does double duty, producing and also standing the front lines on guitar. Cobb is known for spurring his performers to find their truest voices, and this is Diable's richest and most elaborate album to date.
It takes a person to write an album, but a good album writes a person too. Kristin realized Create Your Own Mythology was fighting its way into the world during her force-of-will tour, which alighted in Europe and Africa in 2013. Cut loose from the norm, discovering new venues almost as fast as she could perform in them, she found swimming in her head new songs about holding on, letting go, patience, and faith in the face of futility. And about penning your own rules and your own reality.
From the gospel notes of "True Devotion", written in Morocco during a Ramadan sunset, to the wistful universal waters flowing through "Deepest Blue", Diable weaves a dense, bewitching net. The idea of embracing the infinite unknown and finding freedom, clarity through the trials we experience along our journey as human beings is explored in songs like the lead single, "I'll Make Time for You", and "Eyes to the Horizon". The latter has been used twice in HBO's Treme performed by the character, Annie.
Rumi wrote, "Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there."
Kristin says that music is her ticket on that journey to the soul's distant elsewhere, and this new album is her invitation to the listener--not to follow her on her mythical path, but to go questing for their own. That's a journey that will require some suffering, and acceptance, and evolution and honesty--these are the tokens hidden in these songs, smoothing that hard path, leading us away, and leading us home.
The Mississippi River makes a hairpin turn in Baton Rouge before swerving unstoppably into the Gulf of Mexico. As it slowly zigs and zags like a cautious alcoholic, rich sediment sloshes loose onto the sun-baked Louisiana turf. It's lush country. Things grow here. New Orleans grew here. Kristin Diable grew here and is still growing. And myths grow here like sugarcane does: fast, tall, and sweet.
Venue Information:
Minglewood Hall
1555 Madison Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38104