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American Lions / Bio


American Lions was formed in early 2012 when Jordan Ahne joined This Holy House, a band comprised of Elliott S. Cotten, David Velek, and James Velek. Shortly after joining the band they decided to change the name to be more fitiing to the new style of music that they were writing. All born and raised in Central Arkansas, they all shared the Southern style of living that is reflected in their music.

American Lions' music is very diverse. From Blues-driven ballads to rowdy Indie rock, they are all connected with the influences of Southern roots. With "Put Your Arm Around My Shoulder", the audience experiences slow blues riffs that tear into rock solos, all while speaking of helpiing out your fellow man. "It's A Band Thing" a song about the experiences of being in a band, throws you into a repetitive Indie rock trance that never slows. You can describe American Lions under the genres: rock, indie, americana, and more. But it's the combination of these genres, some showing through more than others, throughout all of their songs that gives them their unique sound.

The best way to take in what all American Lions brings, is to see them perform live. It is an experience that shows you the true depth of their sound. When it's time to rock, they bring it. When it's time for a breather, they'll slow it down. Whether it's a tight 30 minute set, or performing for you for hours, they do not quit. They bring a tight, professional set, but know how to get rowdy with the crowd and have a good time.

American Lions have released two albums. A full length "American Lions: Volume I" was produced by the band in 2013, and mastered at Blue Chair Studios in Austin, Arkansas. Their last project was an EP entitled "Drowning In The Drought", which was recorded in 2015 at Blue Chair Studios in Austin, Arkansas. The band plans on recording another full length album in 2016.

Festivals Performed:

Wakarusa 2014 (Ozark, AR)

Riverfest 2012 & 2015 (Little Rock, AR)

Arkansas State Fair 2012 (Little Rock, AR)

Bikes, Blues, & BBQ Festival 2013 (Fayetteville, AR)

Heart of Texas Rockfest 2013 (Austin, TX)

Strawberry Jam Festival 2015 (Bald Knob, AR)

Main Street Food Truck Festival 2014 (Little Rock, AR)

Solar Flux Festival 2015 (Greenbrier, AR)

Opened Directly For:

The Sheepdogs, Young The Giant, The Apache Relay, Kopecky, Jonathan Tyler, The Steepwater Band, The Lonely Wild, Banditos, Gringo Star, These United States, Lucius, and more.


Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase '15 Finalist

Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase '13 Semi-finalist

Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase '11 Finalist

If You Like:

Kings of Leon, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket

General Info

Band Members
Elliott S. Cotten - Vocals/Guitars/Mandolin, James Velek - Drums/Ukelele/Keys/Vocals, David Velek - Bass/Vocals/Key, Jordan Ahne - Guitar
Artist Name
American Lions
Profile Page
Active Since
Rock / Americana / Indie

Contact Info

Conway, AR
David Velek

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