Ho Hey - The Lumineers

from the single Ho Hey (2012)

I have been meaning to write about this song for a few months now, but some other song always seemed to trump it.  Then I saw them open for Old Crow Medicine Show last Saturday night in Atlanta.  They blew me away, and left me asking myself what I've been waiting for.

Ho Hey appeals to me on many levels.  First is the title that reminds me of Joey Ramone with dyslexia. Second is the chorus: "I belong with you / You belong with me / You're my sweetheart" that is timeless and catchy.  Third is the mix of instruments, consisting of acoustic guitar, mandolin, cello, and percussion.  It is great to see talented young musicians playing acoustic instruments with such joy.

However, it was not until I saw them live that I realized what a talent Wesley Schultz is.  He is the real deal.  A dynamic singer and guitarist with infectious energy.

The night ended with The Lumineers joining Old Crow Medicine Show and The Milk Carton Kids onstage for an extended encore of covers.  The first song was Sweet Virginia by The Rolling Stones.  Wesley Schultz shined brightest of all the musicians on stage.  Next was The Weight by The Band, followed by Bob Dylan's I Shall Be Released.  The same result.

I now officially dig The Lumineers. 

 Click Here to view the music video.

 Click Here for the a live version of The Weight with The Lumineers and OCMS recorded four nights before the Atlanta concert.

Comments

  1. Ahhhh.....that felt good....going to see them but not til 12/30...can't wait. Just missed them apparently. Timing is... everything. I got 2 tickets and I pray I have a date. A girls' gotta hope, yes? Thanks...

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