March 16, 2011
On February 13, British alt-country rebel-rousers, Mumford & Sons, awaited the results of two Grammy nods: Best New Artist and Best Rock Song ("Little Lion Man").
The London quartet won neither but they did get a chance to rock out with a couple of their Americana idols, the Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan, on Dylan's "Maggie's Farm." (On a side note, Dylan's voice definitely doesn't age like wine).
Below is just the segment of the Mumfords playing a punky version of "The Cave" at the Grammy's before the stage became flooded and "gimmicky," as one of my close friends and colleagues would say.
Of course, I dig both the Avett Brothers and Dylan but all three together was like a tone-deaf circle jerk that was more sentimental than instrumental.
Now there's another reason to love Mumford & Sons: In the March 17 issue of Rolling Stone, with Snooki riding artillery on the cover, there's a Q&A with Austin Scaggs and frontman Marcus Mumford. My favorite question: "Are you guys well-behaved on the road?" The answer: "I like to wake up in the morning in a state where I can walk around and see the sights. The other day I drove down to Salinas , where John Steinbeck was born, and went to his house."
I knew there was a reason I loved these guys.