The Lumineers announced on Twitter today (Oct. 18) that cellist Neyla Pekarek has left the band.

While The Lumineers formed in Colorado (and via Craigslist, nevertheless), Pekarek was actually the only native Coloradan in the band. Remaining members Wesley Shultz and Jeremiah Fraites are both originally from New Jersey.

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Pekarek joined Shultz and Fraites in 2010, after graduating from University of Northern Colorado in Greeley with a degree in music education.

She leaves the Grammy-nominated folk rock group of eight years to focus on her work as a solo artist, the band said in a statement on Twitter.


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