It’s hard to draw a line from a single genre of music to Judah & the Lion. The varied musical backgrounds of the members of this rising Nashville band come out in everything they play and you’re as liable to hear them on pop radio as on a country station.
Their breakout hit single, hit single, “Take It All Back 2.0”, recently reached the #1 spot on the Alternative charts. The band even has tour dates with Twenty One Pilots in 2017.
The title of their second full-length album, Folk Hop N Roll, probably most accurately represents the kind of music they play, pulling a bit of everything together into one unique sound. Their music blends the twang of folk, the beat of hip-hop, the drive of rock & roll and the punch of pop.
“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 play?”
On the heels of their debut album, Like Kids These Days, which climbed to number two on the multi-genre Heatseekers chart, Folk Hop N Roll is a mashup of fuzz bass, hip-hop percussion, distorted banjo riffs, and super-sized melodies all stirred into the same mixing pot.
“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, too.”
Fargo will get a chance to experience it all first-hand as the band hits the Sanctuary Events Center for an all-ages show on March 29, 2017 at 8:00 PM. Opening for Judah & the Lion will be Wilderado.
Judah & The Lion w/ Wilderado
Sanctuary Events Center, Fargo ND