March 1, 2016
By Collin Brennan
Whoever said folk and hip-hop don’t sit at the same table? They do, and Judah Akers is the man presiding over the dinner menu. The frontman of Nashville’s Judah & The Liondoesn’t much care for genre distinctions, crafting his own delicious stew of folksy twang and hip-hop grooves. In case you didn’t know where their allegiances lie (hint: everywhere), the group named their second full-length album Folk Hop N Roll.
All of the above genres — and then some — come to the fore on new single “Graffiti Dreams”. The song’s most defining aspect is a bass groove that locks in early and never quits, but there’s plenty else to love here, including some tastefully arpeggiated banjo riffs.
As an independent band without major-label support, Judah & The Lion have built their following from the ground up, but the lyrics to “Graffiti Dreams” acknowledge that they have a ways to go. “It calls out the fact that we, as a band and as individuals, have all these dreams that we have dreamed, but nothing really yet to show for it,” explains Akers. “Hopefully, some people can relate to the idea that dreams are just dreams until you start actually doing them.”
Isn’t music always better when it motivates you to get up off your ass? We sure think so, which is why we’ll just give you the song now and go outside. “Graffiti Dreams” appears on Folk Hop N Roll, which comes out March 4th via Cletus the Van Records.