The Lumineers is an American folk rock band formed by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites. Schultz and Fraites grew up in a small suburb just outside of New York City. After struggling in the music scene, they transplanted themselves to Denver, Colorado, where they found cellist, Neyla Pekarek.
It wasn’t an easy start for the band, with the loss of Fraites’ brother, and the disappointment in New York, but with the addition of Pekarek, things really started to turn around for The Lumineers. With their twangy acoustic rock feel, driven by Schultz’ folky voice, the band found their way, releasing a self-recorded EP in 2011 and gaining a steady fan base. Then, in April 2012, The Lumineers released their first self-titled full-length album with Dualtone Records.
The band took off from there, and have been compared to The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons. The Lumineers’ debut single, “Ho Hey,” was even featured on the season finale of the CW’s Hart of Dixie last spring.
You can check out the music video for “Ho Hey” below. Other songs I recommend are “Slow It Down” and “Stubborn Love.”
For more about the origin of The Lumineers, click here to read an article from The New York Times.