It is extremely rare that I would write on new music. In fact so rare, that it never happens as I've only recognized two new artists in my life time that made me stop and actually listen. That would be the voice of Alison Krauss and the steel guitar playing of Robert Randolph.
That is not to say that there are no other artists that I've thought were catchy or fun to listen to but it is rare that a new band has that soulful sound that I look for. Whether it's the vocals or the way they play an instrument. That special something that sets them apart and makes them different. Different enough to pay attention.
And it would seem that miracles never cease as from across the water, a new band has now retained my attention. And it came about in such an odd account of events.
A couple of weeks ago in the studio, Ross Holmes, who plays fiddle for Cadillac Sky, mentioned that they would be going on tour with a band from London. Well I wasn't really paying attention. He said he would be playing at House of Blues in Dallas while on tour with this band but I was so caught up in what I was doing that all I heard was bla bla bla House of Blues bla bla bla Mumford and Sons.
Then about a week ago, some friends were in town from Dallas and their teenage daughter and my son were talking new music. Again, not really paying attention as who really listens to teenagers ramble on about whatever it is they are rambling on about? But I did hear one thing during their rambling and that was the name, Mumford and Sons.
Then while driving the kids to school, my oldest wanted to play some Mumford and Sons in the car and that's when I really started to listen. This was not your ordinary band and certainly deserved a bit more attention than what I was giving them.
The band, Marcus Mumford, Country Winston, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane, are from West London. The style of the music is very much Irish but with a hint of blue grass. Which is all very natural since bluegrass hailed from Irish Scottish immigrants who nestled themselves in the American Appalachian mountains.
Mumford and Sons formed in December of 2007 just on a whim during what could be defined as a jam session in the depths of a London pub. And ever since then they have been hitting it hard all over Europe.
This band is real. There is nothing commercial or ordinary about them in any way as they represent the very raw soul of what is great music. And if they can keep true to their roots and inspiration, they will be as large or larger than Green Day or even Dave Matthews himself.
For the record, as Ross chastised me over email when I inquired, they will be performing with Cadillac Sky here in the U.S. for a brief tour. They will be at House of Blues in Dallas as well as Stubbs in Austin if you're able to make a Texas concert. I highly recommend it if you can as in my opinion, this will be the band that catches your attention. And everyone else's.
By the way, this song uses profanity. And not just any profanity as it's the "F" word. I'm not a big fan of using profanity in music but these guys actually get away with it.