Here's what folks have had to say about "Ionia" already:
"This is what happens when musicianship serves the heart and soul. This is what happens when 4 people travel 50,000 miles a year together in the same vehicle and have music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is what happens when the family band makes a record in the living room and the music arrives with the vibe of the place and time permanently imbedded within it. This is next-level Lou-Grass. It could not have happened without John Hartford and Doc Watson and it could not have happened in the 20th century. This the acoustic soul of the Great Lakes on a pilgrimage to Nashville. This is the magic of the moment between bandmates who have put in the time it takes to raise the bar. This is Ionia, baby. Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys have earned it."
-- Seth Bernard - Founder, Earthwork Music
"What do I love about 'Ionia'? Let's keep it simple. Everything. The songs are great. The playing is superb. The choices that LL & tFB make on this record are fantastic. Lindsay's soulful voice, intriguing lyrics and creative melodies are passionate and captivating. The interplay between dobro and mandolin is elegant and so sonically pleasant that it's deceptively simple. It's sexy. Unique harmonies elevate amazing songs to unexpected heights. I predict this album is the kind that will grow on you. not in a i-didn't-like-it-at-first way. More the now-I-need-this-music way. "
-- Paul Hoffman - Greensky Bluegrass
"Warm and friendly, real and true - like the "old song" beguiling singer Lindsay Lou reminisces about in the eponymous track on their new record - Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys cozies up next to your ears and whispers, thumps, hollers and tremolos you to a feeling of happiness that formerly only dusty dance-floors, the sweeping shuffle of boots, and the arterglow of moonshine could conjure up. These extremely capable practitioners of acoustic sounds are a rarified genuine-article; pretense-free, welcoming, and ready to deliver the handmade goods."
-- Kai Welch -
"Call it what you want, Bluegrass, Lougrass, whatever! I call it great music. A gifted vocalist surrounded by equally gifted musicians playing their own brand of music is a can't miss for this music fan. The band's third full length contains more of what I've loved about the band since being introduced to the husband and wife team of Lindsay Lou and Joshua Rilko in an in-studio performance at the radio station I work at. Personal highlights from 'Ionia' are their beautiful take on May Erlewine's "The River Jordan" as well as "The Fix,"Hot Hands," & "Ionia." "
-- John Bommarito - Ann Arbor's 107.1 (WQKL-FM)
"For all of those who assumed Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys were just another peppy bluegrass band, think again. The band’s latest album, “Ionia,” is a surprising, vocally stunning and instrumentally adroit foray into gorgeously melancholy indie-folk and charming folk-pop with instantly addictive harmonies and hooks. Recorded in, yes, the small town of Ionia, this album resonates with an intimacy that makes listeners feel like they’re sitting in a living room while these confident players do their thing, pushing the traditional boundaries of bluegrass with an appealing Michigan flair. "
-- John Sinkevics - LocalSpins.com
""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 - Mandolinist
"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 - 3-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.