Sister Trio The Castellows Take Social Media By Storm: See 5 Of Their Best Covers

“As sisters, our relationship goes beyond just being best friends,” the trio shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 1, 2023

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Photo Courtesy The Castellows

Sisters Eleanor (Ellie), Powell and Lily Balkcom of the band, The Castellows, have made their talents known across social media by delivering their own take on covers of popular songs. As a result, their stunning harmonies have captured the hearts of millions of country music fans.

The trio hails from a small town on the border of Alabama known as Georgetown, GA. They’ve proudly embraced their family name “Castellow,” which stems from their great-grandmother’s maiden name, as Ellie explained to The Red & Black magazine.

Growing up, the female singer/songwriters learned to tend to their family’s cattle farm while also pursuing their passions for music. Since they were homeschooled, they had the flexibility to devote their time to growing their artistry together and learning how to play different instruments. 

“Eleanor and I took guitar lessons at the same time, and she picked up guitar way faster than I did,” Powell shared during the interview. “I felt like it was better for me to pick my own instrument, just because I didn’t take to guitar as well as she did. So I was like, ‘What’s similar to a guitar? Banjo.’”

“I was the lead singer for about two years,” Lily added. “Eleanor knew I had the potential to play an instrument, and we needed more instruments. She told me, ‘You’re gonna play the bass.’ So, she taught me a little bit and it was really easy to pick up — it took me a week.”

Before officially declaring themselves a band, the sisters got their start performing at events around their hometown and in church. With their new rise to fame on social media, their music is reaching far beyond the confines of Georgetown, GA.

In terms of their academic goals, each member of The Castellows is pursuing their own fields of interest. Eleanor and Powell, who are triplets with their brother Henry, are currently sophomores at the University of Georgia, while their sister and the third member of the band, Lily, explained that she is attending Middle Georgia State University and pursuing her pilot’s license.  

“Powell is an agriculture-business major, she wants to take over our family farm back home. Ellie works with the football team and wants to go into sports science and analytics,” Lily explained.

What separates them from other female groups is their close-knit sisterly bond that shines bright on stage. 

“As sisters, our relationship goes beyond just being best friends. Our voices mix well because we’re related. I feel like that is one way that we are different from others is we do a lot of harmonies,” Powell told the outlet.

Photo Courtesy The Castellows
Photo Courtesy The Castellows

In addition to sharing their skills on social media, writing music behind the scenes, and tending to their farm, the band previously expressed their hopes for getting into the studio to record some new music together. 

“I’ve been writing a lot of songs that we’re going to try to get to the studio pretty soon because I’m proud of it. I’ve been writing more music lately. I’ve been pretty inspired by Eli Cain by watching him and performing with him,” Ellie said in reference to Cain, a fellow country artist from Watkinsville, Georgia,

By the looks of their recent Instagram posts, fans might be able to expect new music very soon. Through their captions, they’ve teased that they have something “In the works” and “Big things comin’!!!”

To get a taste of The Castellows talent, check out their top five viewed videos on social media. 

“Way of the Triune God” – Tyler Childers: 11.4M views

“Jackson” – Johnny Cash & June Carter: 6.2M views

“Sleeping on the Blacktop” – Colter Wall: 4.2M views 

“Fall In Love” – Bailey Zimmerman: 3.5M views 

“Cover Me Up” – Morgan Wallen: 2.8M views 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.