News: Mumford & Sons to return to Telluride BluegrassBy Ricardo Baca | February 2nd, 2011 | No Comments »
England’s little roots band with big pop hooks, Mumford & Sons, will return to Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival this summer, the band wrote on its website this morning. The group played the beloved festival last summer as it was first breaking in the U.S. — and its back-to-back play is a big deal, considering its outrageous momentum.
Mumford & Sons was one of Reverb’s top picks from the 2009 South by Southwest Music Festival, as some readers might remember. Since then, we’ve turned plenty of folks onto their potent melodies and awesome harmonies. (Yes, they’re like the U.K.’s answer to the Avett Brothers.) And now the band has officially taken off. The group’s excellent debut, “Sigh No More,” is nearing the 750,000 mark. And by the time the festival in southwestern Colorado rolls around — that’s June 16-19, for you newbies — they’ll likely be a platinum-selling band.
“Last summer,” the band wrote on its site, “Mumford & Sons packed up their instruments and headed for the mountains of Telluride, Colorado, where they played what was, for them, one of their most memorable festival experiences as a band so far.”
Those are big words. And the admiration is reciprocated.
“It only took me a couple spins of the Mumford & Sons CD, ‘Sigh No More,’ to conclude it was the best thing I’d heard in 20 years,” Telluride Bluegrass boss Craig Ferguson told Reverb this afternoon. “Naturally, I was expecting their 2010 Telluride set to be great. But I wasn’t expecting them to be the first band we’d invited back the following year in over ten years. The band is flat-out fantastic musically, and lyrically they are captivating. Genuine is one of my favorite ways to describe them. Again, we haven’t repeated a band in ten years, but this was obvious.”
Mumford & Sons will play Telluride on June 19. In their web post, they lured fans to the below video of “Awake My Soul,” which features bluegrass hero Jerry Douglas on banjo.