Lead singer Wesley Schultz used to be an artist, who spent time drawing with his best friend, Josh Fraites. In 2002, he was lost to a drug overdose. Younger brother Jeremiah and Wesley, went on to find solace in music, getting through their grief and creating the band “The Lumineers.”
My first though when I saw the group setting up was, “ahhh, cello!” Ken came into the room saying, “What was that James Bond movie where they had the white cello? You know, and they had a white cello case? Then they went down the mountain in it as a sled?” No one knew. (Turns out to be “The Living Daylights,” from 1987).
New York was harsh to The Lumineers, they moved on to Denver and placed a Craigslist ad for a cellist. Neyla Pekarek answered the ad, and in time contributed other instruments as well. She plays cello, mandolin, bass, and piano, and offers nice harmonies for the group.
Jeremiah said this song was for his mother, whose pet dog had recently died. He says it is her picture on the front of their new cd.
The singer says that songwriting on the road is very challenging. “You need privacy to write. You don’t find that on a bus.”
The Lumineers are described as “Front Porch Folk,” or “Front Porch Americana." Their visit to our station had us gather up every mic stand we own, and even one brought from home. They did a show in Boise the night before, and returned to their hotel in time to watch their musical performance on the Craig Ferguson show. Their full self-titled release is available now at your local record store.