When Judah and the Lion first formed in Nashville, TN, they weren’t looking for fame and fortune. More than anything, the band– currently made up of frontman Judah Akers, drummer Spencer Cross, mandolin player Brian Macdonald and banjo player Nate Zuercher– wanted to show audiences a damn good time, and they wanted to that by creating a type of music like nothing you’ve ever heard before. The four guys, from all different reaches of America, wanted to take their folk instrumentals and combine them with the beat of hip-hop, the catchiness of pop, the thrash of metal, the energy of rock ‘n’ roll.
It didn’t take long for a loyal fanbase to grow, and now, in the wake of the release of Folk Hop N Roll, their sophomore full length, produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton), the band is headed for international acclaim. They’re selling out headlining shows all across the country, and “Take It All Back,” a single from their latest release, is currently in the top 10 of the Alternative Radio Charts. This December, they’ll take the stage alongside Capital Cities, Phantogram and Weezer for a series of Christmas shows.
Today, Elmore is exclusively sharing the band’s video for Fender’s Offset series, which confirms the guys’ effusive positivity and genre-defying attitude. Mandolin player, Macdonald, shared with Elmore, “It’s ironic for us, having recent ‘success’ with “Take It All Back,” being that for us the song is really about redefining success. Anything we gain from having the spotlight on us we hope means nothing compared to the things that really matter to us in life, and things that have always been our #1 priority. Meaningful relationships, family, the ability to create. We truly are grateful for all that’s been happening and the mere fact that we get to do this crazy job for a living. Truly important things that have come out of it. Relationships with other bands, our team, our relationship with the Fender team, and their generosity to send us out with their new Offsets to rock-out on the road, and OF COURSE our relationship with our fans.”
Watch the exclusive Fender clip below, and then check out the video for “Take It All Back”