Tuesday, August 06, 2013
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Lumineers
The Lumineers burst upon the music scene with their 2012 debut CD and snagged a top five hit with Ho Hey. They are a folk group similar to Mumford & Sons and The Decemberists. Lead singer and guitarist Wesley Schultz is from New Jersey. When his best friend Josh Fraites died of a 2002 drug overdose at age 19, Schultz contacted Josh's drummer brother Jeremiah Fraites and they started playing gigs in the New York area. They found out that it is expensive to be struggling musicians in New York so they moved to Denver. They placed an ad on Craigslist for a cellist and Neyla Pekarek joined the Lumineers. A Youtube video of Ho Hey got them management and they recorded an album with producer Ryan Hadlock in Seattle. After Ho Hey appeared on the season finale of the CW series Hart Of Dixie, Seattle DJ John Richards started playing Ho Hey and called it the best song of 2012. Then NPR featured The Lumineers on World Cafe: Next designed to showcase emerging artists. The Lumineers signed with Dualtone Records and their debut CD was released Apr. 2012. It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 200. Then Ho Hey was released as a single and it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. They were nominated for a couple of Grammys. The Lumineers have added Stelth Ulvang on piano and Ben Wahamaki on bass. In a couple of weeks, Dualtone will release a deluxe edition of The Lumineers with five bonus tracks and a DVD. The Lumineers are currently on a world tour. They are in Europe right now. Wesley Schultz says he knows how fickle the music business is and is surprised by the band's success. Even if The Lumineers never have another big hit, this is enough to keep them going for a long time. Here's the video for Ho Hey by the Lumineers.