A Little Knox Music: The Lonetones

This is the first installment of what I hope will become a regular feature here at A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz. “A Little Knox Music…” a brief look at new music from local artists who I feel are worth sharing.

The Lonetones are a local group that has been performing together in one form or another for almost a decade now. At the band’s core is the husband and wife songwriting team of Steph Gunnoe and Sean McCollough… two musicians with strong ties to folk music and strong desires to stretch the boundaries of the genre.

As evidence of their boundary stretching abilities, The Lonetones have been referred to as “an Appalachian Belle & Sebastian.” They have also said that they took inspiration for their newest effort Canaries from Wilco’s experimental masterpiece Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. McCollough says he was inspired by Jeff Tweedy and Jay Bennett’s (R.I.P.) willingness on that album to take what were basically a group of folk songs and transform them into something that transcended the genre.

At it’s heart, Canaries is still a folk record built around soft guitar melodies and deft harmonies from Gunnoe and McCollough with enough of a twist to keep non-folkies interested as well.

The Lonetones: Here in the South (Buy Album)
The Lonetones: It’s Alright (Buy Album)

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