Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mumford and Sons-Wagon Wheel and Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight

It sounds like a musician's most sublime dream. Hopping on a train going somewhere, slowly, and being in the midst of two other unique, motley, bands. Having a week-long jam session across the expansive Southwest, and because you've become slightly too upscale for sleeping in the hay car, of doing the whole journey in vintage rail cars. Mumford and Sons are doing just that and are joined along the way by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Three of my favorite bands are pulling a back to the basics minitour, travelling slow, and sharing the stage for six shoes. What happens between the shows is probably going to be even more sweet, with different styles and approaches amplifying off of the narrow train car walls until something beautiful is created. All three bands aren't afraid to cross-pollinate, especially Mumford and Sons. Their list of covers ranges from Vampire Weekend to Calvin Harris, but today's jamandahalfs shine the brightest. Only one album in, these covers showcase a young band still getting their musical feet wet, trying on genres and styles, seeing how they fit, and smiling each time something fits well, as it seems to every time for the British quartet.

Download Wagon Wheel

Download Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight

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