Lansing – Bluegrass
Eclectic Bluegrass from the Heart of America’s Third Coast!
Hailing from all corners of the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys are giving a nod to American traditional music, while boldy taking their own songs in new directions. Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise, and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. The group focuses on the original tunes of Lindsay Lou Rilko, which include true-life tales of bank-robbing aunties, moonshinin’ grandpas, and celebrations of love, life, and nature. Don’t be surprised to hear bluegrass standards, Beatles hits, and contemporary classics at a Flatbelly’s show as well. It’s an infectious vibe that could only have been born in the heart of America’s Fresh Coast!
Lindsay Lou Rilko – Guitar & Vocals
Lindsay Rachel Rilko was raised in Michigan’s upper peninsula by a family of musicians, and started performing for anyone who asked no later than she had learned to walk and talk. Family gatherings taught her how to use her voice to be a part of something, and by high school, her voice had won her a number of awards including “best vocal soloist” at The North American Music Festival in New York and a scholarship to Interlochen Arts academy. Her influences, outside the family, have been singers like Nat King Cole and songwriters like the Indigo Girls. But lately Michigan’s thriving folk music scene has been her biggest influence.
A recent graduate of Michigan State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and a minor in Bioethics, and having lived for several months in Latin America, Lindsay has a unique set of experiences from which she draws to write her songs.
Joshua Rilko – Mandolin & Vocals
Mark Lavengood – Resophonic Guitar
Mark is currently playing full-time with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and contributes his craft with other bands and projects when time permits.
-Russell Brakefield, North Adams, Massachusetts – summer, 2010, revised by Tugz, 2012, patent pending.
Mark “Huggy Bear” Lavengood plays and endorses:
Rayco Resophonic guitars
Showcase 1941 fingerpicks
Scheerhorn steel bar
Blue Chip JD-style thumb pick
Schertler pick up
Red Eye Preamp/DI box
Founder’s Brewing Co.
Spencer Cain – Bass
Spencer, born and raised in the north country of Michigan, was brought up by a community of pickers and music lovers. From an early age he was deeply engrossed in the powerful connections built by shared acoustic music, and since the beginning his love for the music has only grown stronger with an energy and spirit that are infectious. With a broad variety of influences that cannot easily be grouped into a single genre, Spencer’s style is characterized by a malleable and open sound that is both unique and adaptable to his surroundings. He takes an organic feeling-driven approach to music that is instantly felt by anyone lucky enough to latch onto his solid rhythm, and he enjoys nothing more than creating a clean and pure canvas on which others might paint.
Also a recent graduate from Michigan State University with a degree in Civil Engineering, he is willing and qualified to teach workshops on the bass in which he will share his practical approach to taking on the monstrous instrument!
Keith Billik – Banjo
2004 Sullivan Bardstown Custom (mahogany neck/resonator, radiused ebony fingerboard, Tony Pass rim, Price tailpiece, Ptacek capo, Keith tuners, Kat-Eyz bridge)
1964 Epiphone EB-44 Longneck banjo
2011 Custom Solid-body electric banjo by Scott “Stretch” Reinsmith of Elderly Instruments.Other Stuff:
Blue Chip thumbpick
Showcase 1941 fingerpicks
LR Baggs Para-Acoustic DI/preamp
Download Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys’ Double-Sided One Sheet (pdf)
Download stage plot (pdf)
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Selected Press Quotes and Reviews
DAVE BRUZZA – GUITARIST FOR AWARD WINNING JAMGRASS BAND, GREENSKY BLUEGRASS“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 – THREE TIME IBMA GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR“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 – REPUTABLE MANDOLIN MAVERICK
“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 – FOUNDER OF ACOUSTIC TRAIL INC., PAGOSA SPRINGS, COOnce 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 – ANN ARBOR’S 107ONE (WQKL-FM)
“Lindsay Lou and the Flatbelly’s 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 – MUSICIAN & FOUNDER OF EARTHWORK MUSIC
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Snail Mail Address:
119 N. Foster Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912