Nashville, Tennessee’s very own Judah and the Lion rocked the stage at Music Farm as they performed 16 of their hits, including a “Happy Birthday” for Judah, that had the audience singing every word.
Comprised of members Judah Akers (guitar, lead vocals), Brian Macdonald (mandolin, backing vocals), Nate Zuercher (banjo, backing vocals), Spencer Cross (drums), Dylan Oglesby (rhythm guitar, accordion, backing vocals) and Daniel Weatherby (piano), Judah and the Lion envelops the audience with their distinct alternative and folk sound.
· “Booty Wurk (One Cheek At a Time)” – T-Pain Cover
· “Hold On”
· “Kickin’ da Leaves”
· “All I Want Is You”
· “Mr Brightside” – The Killers Cover
· “Back’s Against the Wall”
· “Our Love”
· “Suit and Jacket”
· “Going to Mars”
· “Rich Kids”
· “Take It All Back”
· “Happy Birthday” (encore)
· “Water” (encore)
This was my first time seeing Judah and the Lion, and everything I have been told was correct. While in the photo pit waiting for the set to start, an ambient song played and was abruptly finished by the sounds of an autotuned microphone and Judah with six dancers twerking on stage as they began their cover of “Booty Wurk (One Cheek at a Time).” The band had an extremely high energy that rubbed off on the audience as they never stopped dancing the entire night. Throughout their set, the visuals (including the Atari game Pong, my personal favorite) kept the audience in awe, and the vibrant colors reflected the energy throughout the night.
One of the highlights of the show was their cover of The Killer’s “Mr. Brightside.” They kept the song to its roots, but also added layers of mandolin and banjo to give the song their Judah and the Lion folk touch.
What had me most excited was playing their hit song “Take It All Back.” Not only did the live version exceed my expectations, they even freestyled mandolin and banjo riffs that made the audience go crazy. At the end of the song, they insisted that they continue with another “two-minute dance party” with a remixed version of the song.
Judah and the Lion’s album “Folk Hop N’ Roll” is out now on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, and Amazon Play. You can connect with them on their Instagram (@judahandthelion), Twitter (@judahandthelion), and even watch their day to day adventures on their snapchat (judahandthelion).