Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Music Tuesday - Mumford and Sons

First, a few disclaimers.

One, as I warned earlier on this blog, I have been really digging on Bluegrass and Folk Rock lately.  I am not apologizing and for those of you that also enjoy the genre, this disclaimer is for those that have not discovered it yet.

Two, because this whole genre is still new to me, I am still making "discoveries" out of music that some people have been enjoying for years!  It is for that reason that this little section is not "new Music Tuesday".  It is new to me... and hopefully it will be a pleasant surprise to you as well.

On that note, if you are not yet a fan of the Bluegrass or Folk Rock genres, I recommend you give it a chance.  And by 'a chance', I don't mean listen to one or two songs and dismiss the genre out of hand.  Pick up an album ('Sigh No More' by Mumford and Sons or anything by the Avett Brothers would be a good place to start) and stick it in your car and listen to it a few times through.  Then come back and let me know what you think.

Okay, disclaimers and 'don't write this off' requests aside, lets talk about Mumford and Sons.  I heard these guys on WNCW, the local public radio station that plays "...an eclectic mix of Folk, Americana, Rock, Bluegrass, Reggae, and more..." while (you guessed it) driving!  I recognized the name when they were introduced, but really enjoyed the song.  Pretty sure it was "The Cave".  When I got home, in typical ADD fashion, I completely forgot that I had even heard a song that I liked.  A few hours when I did remember, I couldn't for the life of me remember the song, the band, or anything about either.

I looked up the station and could not find the song in their playlists.  I tried calling the radio station and got no answer.  So I did the only other thing any reasonable person would do.  I called Danny Smith.  All I had for Danny to go on was that I liked a song and that the radio station referred to the band as "everyone's favorite".  Unfortunately, this was not enough for Danny to help me this time, but a little later, Pandora helped me when they populated Mumford and Sons after I had typed only the letter "M".

So, now I am happily listening to a great "new" band and passing the name on to you.  A little bit about the band:

Lead singer is Marcus Mumford (vocals, guitar, drums, mandolin).  The rest are - Ben Lovett (vocals, keyboards, accordion, drums), "Country" Winston Marshall (vocals, banjo, dobro), and Ted Dwane (vocals, string bass, drums, guitar).

They formed in '07 and released "Sigh No More" (the album that I am currently hooked on) in February of 2010.  There is apparently a new album expected in February of 2012.  They received Grammy nominations for 'Best New Artist' and 'Best Rock Song' for "Little Lion Man".

I'm posting a playlist.com playlist of the Album "Sigh No More" (below) with all the tracks except "I Gave You All", "Awake My Soul", and "Timshel".  I could not find the first two and the last one won't stick to my list for some reason.  Anyway, give it a listen, and, if you like it I linked to the Amazon page where you can buy the CD or Vinyl version of the album (Full disclosure, I am an Amazon Affiliate and that is my link)


EDIT ----------------------

Did not realize that there was some questionable language in one of the songs... removed "Little Lion Man" from the playlist below for that reason.  Also, "Roll Away Your Stone" was not working, so I replaced with a cover by Laura Marling that is pretty good.  Thanks


CD Vinyl

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