Saturday, April 29, 2017
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Strumbellas
The Strumbellas have had success in their native Canada. With the 2016 album Hope and the single Spirits and a move to a larger label, they are on the verge of a big international breakthrough. The Strumbellas will remind you of Mumford and Sons. They were formed in Toronto in 2008. But most of the members are from Lindsay, ON which is near Peterborough. Simon Ward is lead singer and guitarist, Jon Hembrey is lead guitarist, Darryl James is on bass and Jeremy Drury is on drums. When they moved to Toronto, they placed an ad on Craigslist and added David Ritter on vocals and keyboards and Isabel Ritchie on violin. They released an EP in 2009 and this led to a regular gig at Toronto's Cameron House. They were getting a lot of local attention and they released the 2012 album My Father and the Hunter on Fontana North. It got them a Juno nomination. Then the Strumbellas signed with Six Shooter Records and released the 2013 album We Still Move on Dance Floors produced by The Lumineers producer Ryan Hadlock. This time they won a Juno for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. At this point, Six Shooter owner Shauna de Cartier knew that The Strumbellas were getting too big for her to handle. She sold their contract to Glassnote Records with Universal distribution. Mumford and Sons is also on Glassnote. The album Hope was released Apr. 2016 and the single Spirits was an international hit especially in Europe. The Strumbellas performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and they played during the intermission of the NHL Heritage Classic in Winnipeg. They also won some awards including a MuchMusic Video Award. The Strumbellas are currently on a world tour. When that ends, I expect them to record a new album. And if Glassnote plays things right, the Strumbellas have the potential be as big as Mumford and Sons. Here's the video for Spirits by The Strumbellas.