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Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan...

Live 2011 Grammy Awards


Mumford and Sons "The Cave"
The Avett Brothers "Head Full of Doubt, Road Full of Promises"
Bob Dylan "Maggie's Farm"

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  1. Tried this one twice; both times it has said the video was removed for copyright claims...but it has led me to play the "Highway 61 Revisited" album almost through for the first time in a while. There will be many more plays. Funny how things work out.

    Thanks for the post, JR.

  2. ...and being deep into Bobness, of course I meant, "Bringing It All Back Home"...but I will be hitting up Highway 61, too...to me those two have always spoken louder than Blonde On Blonde. Personal taste I guess. Cool enough.

    Thanks for leading me to these records again, sir, whether you meant to or not.

  3. Mike...try this one. This is CBS's official version and has some minor audio difficulties. I claim fair use on this one. Mumford and Sons and The Avett Brothers are among my favorites these days. Dylan deserves credit for getting out there and performing, despite the criticism he received for this. He's the Old Grand Dude these new folk groups look up to and he's having a ball, who cares if his voice is shot?

  4. I checked it out and I think it's great, sir.

    Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers had heretofore been off my radar but they are excellent and I will be trying to find more of their work...

    But Bob Dylan...to me, you can't beat that set.

    I can't imagine what could bother people about that, except that people are always bothered by Bob's singing-have been since at least, what, 1961?- but I think the man's voice is PERFECT. I'm probably going against the crowd here but I wish he'd been a little higher in the mix; Bob Dylan is (as literally as can be possible) a living legend and he is STILL doing his thing. Even if I didn't like his music (unthinkable) I'd HAVE to admire him for sticking with it...I could go on and on and on but I found this performance beautiful and inspiring. Dylan still has it...whatever "it" is.

    Enough hero worship from me. Thanks for the post (and the intro to the new bands, too), JR!

  5. Dylan is a musical hero of mine so I fully understand where you're coming from. I agree that a much better job should've been done with the mix of his voice. I suspect the overt sensitivities of the producers had a negative hand in that, wanting to downplay his voice when they should just have let it rip.

    Mumford & Sons are British and The Avett Brothers are originally from NC but relocated to Brooklyn, a topic in one of their albums. I discovered the Avett Brothers in 2009 and Mumford & Sons this year. It's not an understatement for me to write that they're both probably the best new music I've heard in a very long time.

    I find it very interesting that the Brits, Dutch and Germans are much more interested in "new" folk than Americans, who still rail about "hillbilly" when banjo, mandolin, acoustic "country" guitar (and gawdforbid steel guitar) and fiddle are the primary instruments. I have an American friend who's lived in Germany for decades and plays banjo, mandolin and guitar in small gigs as a sideline and he says that this type of music and certain types of "new" country (Allison Krause, etc) are more popular there than here.