Sara Catherine Wheatley - Lead and Background Vocals
Eric Holder - Guitars, Keyboards, Banjo, Mandolin, Bass and Percussion
Country music has assuredly had its fair share of duos, but it has yet to see anything like The Lucky Ones. Born east of the Rockies but bred in the Pacific Northwest, The Lucky Ones have laid claim to Portland, Oregon, and created a sound where country meets everything from rock and bluegrass to R&B and dance--all pressed through a pop filter. Rich and identifiable, the pair's dynamic songwriting moves from breezy, slick cuts like "Country Girls" to reflective ballads like “So Many Words,” without ever forgetting the long southern love affair with the six string. The Lucky Ones effortlessly combine the twosome’s wide-ranging influences into a polished, lively and exciting sound all their own while never taking themselves too seriously.
Though The Lucky Ones first came together in 2011, the duo has been shaping their craft – separately and together – for years. Vocalist Sara Catherine Wheatley came by her country influences naturally while growing up in Cullman, Alabama. (Roll Tide!). Taking in traditional folk and country songs from her Dad’s dusty LP collection, she grew up singing along with Patsy Cline and Linda Ronstadt, but always knew the genre had a special space for her sonorous southern twang. That passion for music yielded a successful career in musical theater, but her young love of country never died. While singing in an Americana band in Portland, she met producer and multi-instrumentalist Eric Holder--and the rest, as they say, is history. Colorado-born Holder spent his teenage years relentlessly dissecting the guitar work of Duane Allman and Trey Anastasio, and later applied his passion to any other instrument he could get his hands on. By the time he settled in the Northwest, he had already toured the country in previous bands and shared the stage with music legends including Branford Marsalis, John Scofield, and The Wailers, but was still searching for his perfect musical match. After performing with Wheatley only once, Holder knew that the combination of his seasoned playing and her Southern charm would create an unstoppable sound. The duo began to build their own songs from the acoustic guitar up, slowly combining their influences of Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Fleetwood Mac, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and the Allman Brothers Band. The result would become The Lucky Ones, fitting nicely into the all-are-welcome country genre--but ultimately finding a niche of their own.
The Lucky Ones self-titled debut album, Waiting For The Rain, was released to an eager audience in the November 2013. All of the tracks were co-written by Holder and Wheatley and produced by Holder, including the first single "Riding High." The duo went searching for the experimental side of country, and found pop, dance and southern rock, taking country all the way to the West Coast without forgetting its roots.
Some bands look to change your life. The Lucky Ones are looking to change your mood, turn one drink into three, and let Friday night creep into Saturday morning.