Newcomer country duo Lakeview are hoping fans got to know them a little bit this year, but music only tells one part of the story. To learn a little more, we checked in to see how they celebrate the holidays.
The writing-and-recording team of Jesse Denaro and Luke Healy have been spreading a message of high-energy country this year, dropping tracks like “Poor Me,” “She Drove Me to the Bar” and even landing on Sounds Like Nashville’s 2021 Ones to Watch list. But once the weather gets cold, they’re all about spreading Christmas cheer — and they want everybody in town to know about it.
“We definitely go all out for the holidays,” the band says. “String up lights, put some snowman figure in the yard. Gotta flex on the neighbors. We would like to say it’s never too early, but Thanksgiving is always forgotten about, and mashed potatoes hold a special place in our hearts. So, once Turkey Day is done, we go wild.”
The guys started their band in Pittsburgh and have since relocated to Music City, and according to them, they’re bringing a few holiday traditions with them. They always watch the animated Adam Sandler musical, Eight Crazy Nights, and like a simple, no-fuss kind of Christmas morning. A little classic Christmastime music, some coffee and a hot breakfast is what Lakeview are looking forward to — and that’s good since the friends have opposing views on gift giving.
Denaro loves finding the perfect present for everyone on his list. “Trying to figure out what they want/need is so much fun to me,” he says. But his buddy Healy? Not so much. “I’m the opposite — definitely more of a gift card type of guy,” he admits.
One thing they can both agree on, though, is what they hope the the new year will bring, and how they plan to make the most of 2020.
“With the road being unavailable at the moment, we are looking forward to just having some
time off to be with friends and family and eat an ungodly amount of desserts,” the band explains. “Hopefully, next year we can be on the road, but this year we won’t take for granted our time at home with our families.”