- Article by: Troy Akers
- Posted: 07/20/2011
East Nashville is known for its eclectic mix of shops and eateries that satisfy both the vegan and carnivore at heart. Even beyond the local food and distinct flavor, it's a harbor for musicians to throw in their anchors and stay for a while.
Nashville folk/rock band Concerning Lions did just that at the coffee shop Ugly Mugs Saturday evening. Resting quietly between sets of other singer-songwriters, the guys set up shop with their banjo, baby acoustic guitar, cajon, accordion and electric guitar plugged into a Telecaster amp.
Brian Beise's voice curved over a crowd enchanted by this gentle Lion pack. Going through songs from their latest live release, The Winter Set, the tawny crew picked through "Tithonus" and "River Carol" with a spirit akin to that of a certain family by the name of Mumford. The entire room sang along, drifting easily into the riveting spirit.
With all the music happening in every niche and corner of Nashville Saturday night, this one little show nestled simply inside an East Nashville coffee shop offered more depth than what lay on the surface. The crowd wasn’t just there for great coffee and conversation; they were hungry for new music with the power to move them.
Near the end of the set, right after the band performed their new song "New Made Gallows,” something was obviously lacking in the audience – the sounds of breathing – and the silence was palpable.
Though they’re still sharpening their claws, Concerning Lions are captivating audiences with a sound as impressive and powerful as the roar of their namesake.
"Tithonus" - Conerning Lions