‘Spot light on a Song’
It’s Friday again already?! This past week flew by. I guess the beginning of summer will cause one to lose track of time. It was a busy and fun week taking in Seattle summer beauty, playing and writing new songs.
Today’s ‘Spot light’ artist is one that I loved instantly the first time I heard them. Mumford and Sons originated in 2007 by Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall and Ted Dwane. The band name originates from the fact that it was meant to invoke the sense of an “antiquated” family business name.
Emmylou Harris was among the gateway artists who helped Mumford and bandmates discover their love for American roots music and then deep immersion in old-timey sounds from America’s long-neglected past; as all great artists should!
The band began by using bluegrass and folk instrumentation, with the core instruments of acoustic guitar, banjo, piano and a double bass, played with a rhythmic style based in alternative rock and folk. Mumford recognizes the Old Crow Medicine Show influence: “…so Old Crow were the band that made me fall in love with country music.” The band inspired them to pick up the banjo and start their now famous country nights in London.
But even if you’re not into rootsy, banjo-pickin’ country bluegrass, take a minute to embrace their other side. The lyrical content has a strong literary influence; its debut album name, “Sigh No More” deriving from William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. And for all you literary buffs, if you dig deep you will discover a whole lot more.
Their third album Wilder Mind, was released last month. And although they’ve taken their music in a slightly different direction, they still maintain the special sound that drew this Kentucky girl in deep. So find a little time to get outside, take a walk, jog or bike ride to them. Your soul will feel nourished.
Strum a little….