This summer, folk rockers The Lumineers played a special show at Barboza in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood as part of KEXP’s VIP Club concert series. The band has gained major momentum in the current thirst for rootsy, soul-stirring music, and this year they’re up for two Grammys — for Best New Artist and Best Americana Album — for their self titled debut released by Dualtone Records in Nashville. In interviews, the band members say the nominations were completely unexpected, and a little unnerving — when you’re up so high you can only go down, right? But they don’t show any signs of going down. The Lumineers have the unbeatable combination of excellent songwriting and a rousing live show, complete with an integrity and love at the heart of the band — which can be traced back to the loss of drummer Jeremiah Fraites’ brother, also close friend of singer/guitarist Wesley Schultz, just before the group’s inception eight years ago. That tragedy was the catalyst that shaped The Lumineers and gave them something and someone to play for, if not their ever-growing audience. Check out the performance from Barboza below — roots-rock at its most foot-stomping, hand-clapping finest.
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