Lonesome Ace Stringband Remind Us That Nobody Is Immune To “The Echo”

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Monday, September 18, 2023

Since 2007, Lonesome Ace Stringband—John Showman (fiddle), Chris Coole (clawhammer banjo), and Max Malone (upright bass)—have been refining both their instrumental prowess as well as their songcraft together as an ever-evolving, ever-maturing trio. With their latest single, “The Echo,” the band tackles a hard-to-realize truth of living and thinking within an isolated bubble. “This song is about the experience of realizing that you may be basking in the echo of your own tribe,” the group says of the song. “...That although you thought you were too smart to let it happen to you, you’ve nonetheless been funneled into the warm, fuzzy, glow of an information and ideological feedback loop.”

Blending their long-beloved string band sound with a more driving Americana-Rock sound, Lonesome Ace Stringband kick off “The Echo'' with a single, chopping fiddle under the opening verse: “All I can hear is the echo, it’s coming around again / I know just where it’s going and I know just where it’s been.” The tight harmonies of Showman, Coole, and Malone light up the song’s first chorus before bass and fiddle join in, creating a backbeat feel more akin to a thumping drumset than that of the band’s old-time and bluegrass background. Showman’s haunting fiddle break leads into the next, full-band verse. Culminating in a clever vocal round arrangement that mimics the song’s subject, “The Echo'' ends with a swirl of its warning refrain: “The echo sounded so sweet in my ear / Now it’s all I can hear.”

This week, Americana Highways premiered “The Echo,” writing, “This song is gentle and spritely, with plucked strummed violin at the outset and then the song picks up with layers….”

“The Echo” is the latest single from Lonesome Ace Stringband’s brand new album Try To Make It Fly—due out on October 13th. The material on this new release marks not only a reinvigorated, live-on-stage sound but also a venture into more Americana-leaning songwriting on—for the first time in the band’s career—an album full of original songs. “It felt like a place where we could be ourselves as writers and craft music that would fit the genre regardless of what we found ourselves writing about lyrically,” says Showman. Add that to the trio’s already dynamic concoction of fiddle, banjo, and bass, and the results reveal a bright future for the ever-evolving Lonesome Ace Stringband.

Fans can hear “The Echo” by following this link, check out the already-released singles from Try To Make It Fly—“Sweeter Sound,” “Smoke on the Shoulder,” and “Praying For Rain”—at their respective links, and pre-order or pre-save Try To Make It Fly ahead of its October release click here.

Lonesome Ace Stringband will take the stage this weekend at Pickin’ In The Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona, before heading to Nashville, Tennessee, for two AMERICANAFEST showcases. On Tuesday, September 19th, the trio will perform as part of WMOT’s Old Fashioned String Band Showdown at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, and on Thursday, September 21st, they will return to Dee’s for their own showcase set at 4 pm. A full list of Lonesome Ace Stringband tour dates can be found below or at lonesomeace.com/shows.

Try To Make It Fly Tracklist:

Sweeter Sound

Praying For Rain  

You’ll Be There

First Frost/Blue Grouse

Midnight Band

Come With Me Tonight

Simply Going Sideways

Crossing The Junction/Deer River

Smoke On The Shoulder

The Echo

Country Mile

Lonesome Ace Number 1

Catch Lonesome Ace Stringband On Tour:

Sept. 15-16 - Flagstaff, AZ - Pickin' In The Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival

Sept. 19 - Nashville, TN - WMOT’s Old Fashioned String Band Showdown at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge

Sept. 21 - Nashville, TN - Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge

Oct. 18 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim

Oct. 19 - Exeter, NH - The Wood Barn

Oct. 20 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Caffe Lena

Oct. 21 - Brownfield, ME - Stone Mountain Arts Center

Oct. 22 - Greenfield, MA - Hawks & Reed

Oct. 23 - New York, NY - City Vineyard at Pier 26

Oct. 25 - Vienna, VA - Jammin’ Java

Oct. 26 - Oberlin, OH - Music at Riverdog

Oct. 28 - Manitowoc, WI - Sabbatical Brewing Co.

Oct. 29 - Holland, MI - Park Theatre

Oct. 30 - Ann Arbour, MI - The Ark

Nov. 1 - Toronto, ON - The Tranzac Club

Nov. 22 - Edmonton, AB - Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society

Nov. 23 - Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment

Nov. 24 - Red Deer, AB - The Velvet Olive

Nov. 25 - Calgary, AB - Foothills Bluegrass Circle Music Society

Nov. 27 - Missoula, MT - Longstaff House

Nov. 29 - Sisters, OR - The Belfry

Dec. 1 - Portland, OR - McMenamins White Eagle Saloon & Hotel

Dec. 2 - Seattle, WA - Ballard Homestead

Dec. 3 - Victoria, BC - Victoria Event Centre

Dec. 4 - Vancouver, BC - The Anza Club

Dec. 5 - Oliver, BC - The Oliver Theatre