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Judah and the Lion
Judah & the Lion
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Judah & the Lion performing in 2017
Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.[1]
2011 (2011)-present[1]
Labels Independent
Website judahandthelion.com
Members Judah Akers
Brian Macdonald
Nate Zuercher
Spencer Cross

Judah & the Lion is an American 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 (vocals, guitar), Brian Macdonald (mandolin, vocals), and Nate Zuercher (banjo, vocals).


First Fruits (2012)

Judah & the Lion released their first EP, "First Fruits," on June 19, 2012.[5]

Sweet Tennessee (2013)

Judah & the Lion released their second 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.[5][6]

Kids These Days (2014)

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. In addition, their single "Kickin' da Leaves" accumulated more than one hundred thousand streams in two weeks after release and made Spotify's VIRAL 50 Chart alongside Meghan Trainor, Fall Out Boy, Betty Who, and Karen O among others..

During their touring schedule in support of Kids These Days, Judah & the Lion opened for Mat Kearney and Ben Rector

Folk Hop n' Roll (2016)

Judah & the Lion released their second studio album, Folk Hop n' Roll, on March 4, 2016 putting them at #3 on the Alternative New Artist Chart. 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 #19 on the Hot AC Chart and the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart for three consecutive weeks.[7] The single was certified gold in September 2017 (over 500,000 copies sold.) Like Kids These Days, Folk Hop N Roll was produced by award winner Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton).

In January 2017, Billboard magazine named Judah & the Lion their first "Chartbreaker" artist.

On January 12, 2017 the band made a late night appearance on the show Conan, hosted by Conan O'Brien.

Judah & the Lion toured extensively though the US for Folk Hop n' Roll. The band also made festival appearances at Bonnaroo, SunFest and Hangout Fest and opened for Twenty One Pilots on their Emotional Roadshow Tour and select dates with Kaleo.

Folk Hop n' Roll Deluxe (2017 - 2018)

On March 17, 2017, Folk Hop 'N' Roll Deluxe was released. The deluxe album included four new songs as well as a string quartet arrangement of "Take It All Back"

Their second radio single was "Suit and Jacket" which debuted on Spotify's US Viral 50 charts and peaked at #4 on the Alternative Radio charts.[6]

The band made numerous festival appearances including Music Midtown, Sloss Fest, Firefly, Forecastle, Governors Ball. The also opened for Incubus and Jimmy Eat World on the 8 Tour in the US as well as Kaleo's Express Tour in Europe

TV appearances included The Late Late Show with James Corden on March 14, 2017, Good Morning America on June 5th, Jimmy Kimmel Live on September 18, 2017, and CONAN on February 7, 2018.[7]

Their third radio single was "Going To Mars"[8] - in support of the Going to Mars tour. In total, Judah & the Lion performed 90 headline shows throughout the US and Canada selling over 100k tickets. The single peaked at #16 on the Alternative Radio Charts.

Other ventures

Product endorsements

Through the span of Judah & the Lion's musical career take-off, they have received endorsements from Fender, Samsung, Absolut Vodka, and Nature Valley. In 2016, Fender released an exclusive YouTube clip of Judah & the Lion experimenting with Fender Offset guitars on tour.[9]


Current members[1]

  • Judah Akers - guitar, lead vocals
  • Brian Macdonald - mandolin, backing vocals
  • Nate Zuercher - banjo, backing vocals

Past members

  • Spencer Cross - drums

Touring members

  • Dylan Oglesby - guitar, backing vocals, accordion
  • Daniel Weatherby - keyboards, synth bass
  • Troy Bruner - drums



List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
Kids These Days -- 4[10] 2[11] --
Folk Hop n' Roll
  • Released: March 4, 2016
  • Label: Cletus the Van Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP
-- 7[12] 2[12] 4[12]

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
Sweet Tennessee
  • Released: April 16, 2013
  • Label: Judah & the Lion
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2[13] 15[14] 9[13]


List of singles, with showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"Rich Kids" 2014 -- -- Kids These Days
"Mason-Dixon Line" -- --
"Graffiti Dreams" 2016 -- -- Folk Hop n' Roll
"Take It All Back" 1 6
"Suit and Jacket" 2017 4 16
"Going to Mars" 2018 17 --
"--" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards Judah & the Lion Alternative Rock Artist of the Year Nominated [17]
Best New Artist Nominated
Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist Won


  1. ^ a b c d e Judah & the Lion (December 12, 2011). "Judah & the Lion - About". Facebook. Retrieved 2014. 
  2. ^ Ruehl, Kim (July 2, 2013). "ABOUT TO BREAK: Judah and the Lion". The Bluegrass Situation. Retrieved 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Hamm, Josh (April 26, 2013). "Judah & The Lion - Sweet Tennessee". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.onestowatch.com/artist/judah-and-the-lion
  5. ^ Judah & the Lion (June 19, 2012). "Judah & the Lion - post". Facebook. Retrieved 2018. 
  6. ^ "The Killers' "The Man" Remains #1 At Alternative Radio". Headline Planet. 2017-10-15. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ Desk, TV News. "JUDAH & THE LION's GOING TO MARS Makes TV Debut On CONAN Tonight + Tour Dates". Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Judah & The Lion's 'Going To Mars' Video Is A Bleak, Futuristic Trip". UPROXX. 2018-02-01. Retrieved . 
  9. ^ Fender (2016-11-21), Judah And The Lion Make Their Voices Heard | Offset Series | Fender, retrieved  
  10. ^ "Folk Music: Top Folk Albums | Billboard: Sep 27, 2014 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 2014-09-27. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ "Heatseeker Albums : Sep 27, 2014 | Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard.com. 2014-09-27. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ a b c "Folk Hop n' Roll - Judah & the Lion | Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ a b Allmusic (2013). "Sweet Tennessee - Judah & the Lion : Awards". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ Billboard.biz (May 4, 2013). "Folk Albums : May 4, 2013". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Judah & The Lion - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2016. 
  16. ^ "American single certifications - Judah And The Lion - Take It All Back". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  17. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See The Full List of Nominee". iHeartRadio. January 10, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 

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