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Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.[1]
  • Americana[1]
  • bluegrass[2]
  • folk[1][3]
  • rock[3]
  • alternative
Years active2011 (2011)–present[1]
MembersJudah Akers
Brian Macdonald
Nate Zuercher
Spencer Cross

Judah & the Lion is an American alternative band from Nashville, Tennessee, that started in 2011. Their latest release is Folk Hop 'N Roll Deluxe (2017). The band is made up of Judah Akers, Brian Macdonald, Nate Zuercher, and Spencer Cross.


  • 1 Music
  • 2 Members
  • 3 Discography
    • 3.1 Albums
    • 3.2 Singles
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Judah & the Lion released their first EP, Sweet Tennessee, on April 16, 2013, and it charted on the Billboard charts on May 4, 2013. The placements were at No. 2 on the Bluegrass Albums, No. 9 on the Heatseekers Albums, and at No. 15 on the Folk Albums.[4][5]

Judah & the Lion released their debut full-length studio album, Kids These Days, on September 9, 2014; it entered Billboard's Heatseekers chart at No. 2 and the Folk Albums chart at No. 4 its first week out. The album garnered the No. 1 spot for Heatseekers in both the South Atlantic and South Central regions and the No. 4 spot for Heatseekers in East North Central, Mountain, and West North Central regions. In addition, Kids These Days entered several other Billboard charts, and their song "Kickin' da Leaves" accumulated more than one hundred thousand streams since the September 9 release and made Spotify's VIRAL 50 Chart alongside Meghan Trainor, Fall Out Boy, Betty Who, and Karen O among others.

The band released their second studio album, Folk Hop 'N Roll, on March 4, 2016. The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 7 on the Billboard Americana/Folk Albums chart, and No. 17 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

In December 2016/January 2017, Judah & the Lion's single, "Take It All Back", reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart for three consecutive weeks.[6]

The band has toured nationally, including appearing with Twenty One Pilots on their Emotional Roadshow tour from January to March 2017.[7] They began a U.S. headline tour directly afterwards.

On March 17, 2017, the band released Folk Hop 'N' Roll Deluxe, which includes four new tracks and a special string quartet arrangement of "Take It All Back".


Current members[1]

  • Judah Akers – guitar, lead vocals
  • Brian Macdonald – mandolin, backing vocals
  • Nate Zuercher – banjo, backing vocals
  • Spencer Cross – drums


  1. ^ a b c d e Judah & the Lion (December 12, 2011). "Judah & the Lion - About". Facebook. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ruehl, Kim (July 2, 2013). "ABOUT TO BREAK: Judah and the Lion". The Bluegrass Situation. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Hamm, Josh (April 26, 2013). "Judah & The Lion - Sweet Tennessee". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Allmusic (2013). "Sweet Tennessee - Judah & the Lion : Awards". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Billboard.biz (May 4, 2013). "Folk Albums : May 4, 2013". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Judah & the Lion Roar to First Alternative Songs No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  7. ^ https://twitter.com/judahandthelion/status/805789471979556864
  8. ^ "Folk Music: Top Folk Albums | Billboard: Sep 27, 2014 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 2014-09-27. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  9. ^ "Heatseeker Albums : Sep 27, 2014 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 2014-09-27. Retrieved 2015-04-04. 
  10. ^ a b c "Folk Hop n' Roll - Judah & the Lion | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  11. ^ a b "Judah & The Lion – Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 11, 2016. 

External links

  • Official website

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