Judah & the Lion’s sound isn’t what you’d expect from a Tennessee-bred band. The trio combines the folk influence of their home state with hints of hip-hop and rock to create catchy melodies and rhythmic beats.
Their banjo-heavy anthem, “Take It All Back”, topped the Billboard alternative charts back in 2016. Now, they’re on the road promoting their latest album, Pep Talks, released in May. The tour has landed them center stage at both intimate venues and massive festivals, including a performance at Outside Lands on August 11.
When they’re not on stage, they try to keep active. “Some of us run or bike in the cities we’re in, and we’ll try to do a workout and a sauna [session],” says Brian Macdonald, the band’s mandolin player. “Pickup basketball is always fun if there is a court.”
Here, the band shares 8 chill tracks that help them prep for the day ahead.