The Lumineers - WXPN
Where They’re From: Denver, CO
Who They Are: Their open-hearted melodies, simple but raw lyrics, and rousing acoustic folk have earned them comparisons to Mumford and Sons, The Civil Wars, and The Avett Brothers. But The Lumineers have a way of embedding fiery emotion into their music that’s all their own. The group itself arose out of the ashes of tragedy (the early death of a brother and friend) and became a vehicle for introspection and catharsis. The result – rollicking, incandescent, and self-reflective – is built on a base of classical training and roots rock experience. The Lumineers’ self-titled debut was a successful breakout, given the strength of “Ho Hey”, the bluesgrass/country single that requires foot-stomping. The band followed it up with a stunning run of albums, including 2016’s Cleopatra and 2019’s III. Frontperson Wesley Schultz also releases solo records, like 2020’s Vignettes. The band played XPoNential Music Festival in 2012 and 2013.
Years Active: 2011 – present
Essential Albums: The Lumineers (2012), Cleopatra (2016)