Strings and Things

January 10, 2011 3:41 pm Published by

I haven’t done too much digging for string bands; my previous experience with them was limited to enjoying .357 String band from knowing Kate Brice and not enjoying Yonder Mountain String Band from hearing Joan’s ipod. But after helping dj for a bunch of Irish kids who wanted to hear “Mum-feerd!” every week, I fell in love with Mumford and Sons, a folk-rock band from England who has been getting a lot or radio play recently. If you’ve only heard Little Lion Man or The Cave, definitely give the rest of the cd a listen.

Their all of sudden popularity seems to have forced stations like WXRT to start playing more folk/string bands like The Avett Brothers, another folk rock band from North Carolina who are also worth a listen. They have been around a little longer and have a deeper catalog to peruse. I had not heard of their last album, I and Love and You, until more recently despite being on many blogs’ best-of-the-year-end lists, being produced by Rick Rubin and even going #16 in the us charts.

While I might mock Joan for her love of the Yonder Mountain String band, she did introduce me to Old Crow Medicine Show, a nashville band that seem to be hugely popular (and not new at all) with some people and unknown with most others. Wagon Wheel, from 2004’s OCMS album, is an uncompleted song found in a Bob Dylan bootleg that was expanded to now be their most famous song. Probably one of my current favorite songs:

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