I have a new favorite band. At least they’re in my Top 3.

You may not have heard of them before this, but you will.

They’re The Strumbellas. Simon Ward, Jon Hembrey, Darryl James, Jeremy Drury, David Ritter and Isabel Ritchie.

I’ve known of them for a while now. They hail from Toronto, Canada. That alone makes them worthwhile in my book. Pretty much all good things (sans mayor) come out of Toronto.

Okay, it doesn’t hurt that I know a family member of the drummer.

So yeah. There’s that.

But even without that connection, I really like this music.

The lead singer has a voice reminiscent of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. The folksy rhythm still offers a driving beat. And let’s face it . . . any band that usually performs in their bare feet has got to be amazing, right?

The Strumbellas and their bare feet

The Strumbellas

Widely recognized throughout Canada, you’ll want to join their bandwagon pretty quick so you can say “I knew about them when . . . ”

Look, I’m not a music critic. I don’t know how to tell you what makes them great. I just know they are!

I watch American Idol and I certainly wish these guys were from NOLA or LA or some place south of the Canadian Border so they could perform as a Judge’s guest. They really are that good.

Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself:

This song, Sailing, has been featured all over Canada. Hockey Night. Television. And countless replays on Facebook thanks to their fans.

I’m thankful for my friend who introduced me to The Strumbellas. Without her, I might have missed it. Their musical contributions might have sailed right on by, unnoticed (see what I did there?)

Do yourself a favor: find them. Listen to them. Like them.

You’ll be oh-so-glad you did.

I promise.

And Frankly, My Dear… that’s all she wrote!

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