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The Lumineers

The Lumineers, a folk-rock trio out of Denver, Colorado, deliver an acoustic-based Americana sound that touches a lot of stylistic bases, from folk to gospel to heartland rock and the narrative end of country, all with interesting rhythmic twists and turns. The band had its beginnings in 2002 when Jeremiah Fraites lost his 19-year-old brother Josh to a drug overdose. Fraites and his brother's best friend, Wesley Schultz, turned to music to deal with their sorrow, and were soon writing songs and gigging together in the New York area as a duo. After relocating to Denver, the pair met classically trained multi-instrumentalist Neyla Pekarek after placing a Craigslist ad for a cellist, and things clicked for the trio, who began playing open-mike nights at the Meadowlark — a basement club where local songwriters gathered — developing a fresh sound that defies tight classification (although front porch Americana might cover it), with a touch of gospel stomp tossed in. The Lumineers released a demo EP in 2009, following it with an eponymous EP in 2011. A proper first album, again simply called The Lumineers, appeared from Dualtone Records in 2012. The album was critically praised and a single from it, the infectious "Ho Hey," which had long been the centerpiece of the band's impressive live sets, ended up breaking into Top 10 markets globally, going double platinum and more in sales and downloads. The band crossed and re-crossed the globe touring in support of it, and their solid stage show garnered scores of new fans across multiple markets.


The Lumineers are an American folk rock band based in Denver, Colorado
The core band consists of Wesley Schultz on guitar and lead vocals, Jeremiah Fraites on drums, percussion, mandolin and vocals, and Neyla Pekarek on cello, mandolin, piano, and vocals, with added musicians for tours
Schultz and Fraites started writing songs together in the Fall of 2005
Originally based in Ramsey, New Jersey, they later relocated to Denver, where they met Pekarek after posting a Craigslist ad for a cellist
In the Spring of 2011, they signed a management deal with Onto Entertainment managers Christen Greene and David Meinert
Instead of the traditional route of signing a record deal and then recording an album, Onto fronted the band money to record the album they really wanted to make without the interference of label A&R, also allowing the band to own their masters
They recorded the album in Seattle at Bear Creek Studio with producer Ryan Hadlock (mixed in LA by Kevin Augunas at Fairfax Studio)
They passed up major label offers to sign a unique, very artist-friendly deal with independent label Dualtone Records
The album was then licensed under similar terms to Dine Alone Records in Canada, Inertia in Australia, and Decca Records for the rest of the world
The Lumineers have announced a tour this December opening for The Dave Matthews Band visiting Raleigh, NC, Charlottesville, VA, Baltimore, MD, Manchester, NH, Brooklyn, NY, Philadelphia, PA

 

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