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Americana trio Lone Bellow on 'surreal' trip

Americana trio Lone Bellow on 'surreal' trip

"Hold on. I'm in a weird place," said Zach Williams, leader of The Lone Bellow, as he lost reception while passing through a mountain range over the phone on Wednesday.

That "weird place" could also be applied to his music career at the moment. The Brooklyn Americana trio is in a transitional phase, shifting from indie darlings to the next big thing. What started as a creative outlet for Williams has become a full-fledged (and critically acclaimed) band, which resulted in the members quitting their day jobs to play Austin, Texas' annual South by Southwest festival and take up music full-time.

"It was pretty surreal, especially at the beginning. We...