NPR Music's Top 12!

Mountain Stage with Larry Groce named Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys as one of 12 best live performances of the year for a host of prestigious NPR affiliated stations and sessions.

Quote: Mountain Stage capped off its 32nd year of live performance radio with a birthday show filled with gobsmacking talent (Josh Ritter! Amy Helm! Noah Gundersen! The Cactus Blossoms!). But it was Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, a little-known string band out of Michigan, whose alt-bluegrass sound made 500 audience members swoon. Sure, the Flatbellys perform the old-fashioned way, gathering around a single microphone as they did for their 2015 release Ionia, but the band's music comes out of an original spring, and it's definitely not afraid to let its folk flag fly on tracks like "Everything Changed." That was the standout performance from their recent appearance in Charleston, W.Va., which showcased Lindsay Lou Rilko's sultry tones, Mark Lavengood's frenetic dobro skills and what should be a satisfying career to come.

—Joni Deutsch, WVPB's Mountain Stage

Check out the whole list as well as the session that made the cut (a live performance of Everything Changed) here:



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