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By Jay Polk - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you heard the Super Bowl on the radio, you probably heard one of their songs.

"'Holler Back' was the lead song on the broadcast of the Super Bowl," according to Peggy Neilson.

And if you didn't see the game...and even if you're not a country music fan...you've probably still heard that same song.

"'Holler Back' is one of the biggest downloaded ring tones in America," said Neilson.

The band that sings this catchy tune is called The Lost Trailers and two of the members are brothers from Albany. Wednesday, they received two nominations for Academy of Country Music Awards.

Neilson said, "they're up for Top Vocal Group in country and Top New Duo or Group in country."

Like many of today's top artists, Jeffry...call him "Stokes"...Neilson and his brother Andrew heard the sound of music early on.

While the Neilsons may be emerging country music stars today, their love for music started at a very young age with lessons on the piano."

"Everyone started taking piano when they were five years old," said Neilson.

They played in local church bands and eventually, their talent grew into a desire to make it in the record business. But after graduating from Vanderbilt, mom and dad wanted Jeffry to try something else first.

"We required him to work a year and have health insurance and do a regular job. He worked for 365 days for the Department of Community Development and on the 366th day, he resigned, moved to Nashville and started the band," said Neilson.

But there are certainly no regrets for Peggy. What advice would she give to aspiring musicians?

"Hard work, and pursuing your gift will end up in success," she said.

The hard work has certainly paid off for Stokes and Andrew.

The Academy of Country Music award show is Sunday night April 5th at 8 PM.

And the award for Top New Duo or Group is actually being determined by an online vote of country music fans. You can go to this link to find out how you can vote for The Lost Trailers. The voting starts on Friday.

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