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“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

“Don't miss the musical
force that is Lindsay Lou.”
— David Grier

“Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys are a fresh new voice in modern bluegrass, with driving instrumentals and a straight-from-the-still quality to Lindsay's voice...If you're a fan of broad-based bluegrass with a strong infusion of creativity and intelligence, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys is a band you definitely need to check out.” — Bluegrass Unlimited

“Lindsay & the Flatbellys were AWESOME. I had so much fun last night. Next time they are in town or passing through PLEASE let me know. I love their sound loved their show just simply WOW.” — Michelle Lee, On The Bluegrass Borderline

“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

“This is a very unique band, part of the leading edge of the revival and revolution in acoustic music..Imagine hearing Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs for the first time after years and years of clawhammer banjo at barn dances. In come these two guys in hats and ties and set the barn on fire. You fall backwards off the hay bale and can barely breathe... Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys are kinda' like that the first time you hear them.” — John Hart, New Folk Radio

“Lindsay really puts her heart into what she sings and how! She sings the way you would want to if'n you could. Phrasing, tone, emotion, it's all there. Effortless seemingly. Simply mesmerizing. Riveting! Don't miss the musical force that is Lindsay Lou.” — David Grier

“Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys - an intersection of sparkly new songs and robust instrumental licks, with a nod to the roots of tradition. Great music from great people! Go see them as soon as possible.” — Jeff Rose, Detour Bluegrass

“Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys are an ideal festival band. They can rock the stages with their heartfelt, rootsy sound and offer wonderful workshops as well as invigorate campground and campfire song circles. At the Earthwork Harvest Gathering this year, they were a favorite of the attendees because of their fantastic performances, and they were also a favorite of the festival organizers because they pitched in with volunteer work and spread music and good cheer the whole time they were here.” — Seth Bernard, Earthwork Music

“Lindsay falls into an elite category...”— Jimmy Gaudreau

“Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have jumped into the forefront of today's progressive roots music movement.” — Devon Leger, Prescription Bluegrass

“The tight-knit lyrics and infectious joy in the Flatbellys' songs will make you stop whatever you're doing and cock an ear.” — Adobe and Teardrops music blog

“...pretty much irresistible, and while that's partly because of the high-spirited virtuosity of the pickers, most of the credit goes to the irrepressible Lindsay Rilko, whose singing manages to be simultaneously gentle and vivacious, rootsy and swinging. Bluegrass is the touchstone genre here, but Rilko and her cohorts veer off cheerfully into swing and rockabilly as well. This one is guaranteed to leave a smile on your face.” — CD Hotlist

Words can barely describe how very impressed and thoroughly entertained we all were! Had a really good turnout and they had us riveted to our seats.” — Betty Trowbridge, Black Hawk Folk Society

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys' “music, whilst steeped in American roots has a contemporary twist that brings brightness and originality to their sound. Familiar threads of swing jazz, pre-war American music and progressive bluegrass are at the core but with this they bring a sophistication to their arrangements that make them so ear catching.” — Folk Rado UK

“If you are looking for ancient and soulful tones with a modern rootsy twist, that is exactly what you'll find when listening to Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys. Putting on their CD it reminds me of listening to an old 45 RPM. Each song is unique, entertaining, and flows easily into the listener's ears. Lindsay and the boys will surely win your heart!” — Caroline Colie, Acoustic Trail

“Lindsay Lou, backed by the Flatbellys, dishes up a style of Americana with a powerful vocal style that recalls Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.” — The Lansing City Pulse

“As a vocalist, Lindsay falls into an elite category - those who can sing anything you throw their way. I've known and have been fortunate to have worked with a few of these individuals over the years: Charlie Waller, Keith Whitley, Linda Williams & Moondi Klein, to name a few and attribute that association to my having developed into a more well-rounded player. Lindsay will have that effect on the players around her as well, while she is honing her already sharp vocal skills and recording new material which should please any 'well-rounded listener'. Check her out and you'll hear for yourself what I'm saying!” — Jimmy Gaudreau

“Once in awhile you hear a record and think 'This couldn't be new. It sounds timeless.' When I hear Lindsay Lou sing and the Flatbellys play, I am transported to another time. Lindsay's voice is among the most beautiful, authentic, and classic sounding you will ever hear.” — John Bommarito, WQKL

Young "rootsgrass" band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys has jumped into the forefront of today's progressive roots music movement. Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise, and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. Instrumentally, they can turn on a dime, their arrangements showing a well-developed taste in music - based on bluegrass traditions but frequently dipping into swing jazz and popular song craft – and their sound is deftly guided by the clarion vocals of lead singer Lindsay Lou.

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys' new album, Release Your Shrouds, marks a remarkable step forward and that's thanks in part to the relationship between Lindsay Lou and Joshua Rilko, which blossomed in their college days and, with their recent marriage, now forms the core of the band. Joshua plays mandolin and joins his voice with Lindsay in beautiful harmony on the new album which is a window to a bluegrass band spreading its wings and incorporating new influences into their sound. On "Wonderful You Are," bass player Spencer Cain shines in a duet with Lindsay's Billie-Holiday-like vocals, and dobro player Mark Lavengood brings the fire on "Lemon Squeezy." Keith Billick's banjo playing not only offers the driving bluegrass sound, but also brings a level of sophistication to the less traditional numbers, like instrumental track "Barbarossa." Lindsay Lou's songs are fully crafted stories, often based on real-life experiences, with lovely hooks and choruses. The breadth of the songs' themes pushes each band member to work outside the bluegrass box and the results are delightful. Like any family, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys are more than the sum of their parts. They're an all-American family, front-porch pickin' party, with each song shining with the polish of handmade homemade acoustic roots music.

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If you are interested in booking the band for a concert, festival or private event, please contact:

John Laird, The Americana Agency

john@americanaagency.com

919-489-4824