Mumford and Sons are barely 5 years old and it wasn’t that long ago they were still a pub band in the UK. Fast forward to now however, and they are headlining every major music festival, selling out arenas all over the world, have performed on the Grammy’s with Bob Dylan, and just performed the State Dinner at the White House. Not too shabby right? As you know, I am a big fan of this band, I dig the music, but what is truly incredible is how fast their star has risen. They are all relatively young dudes in their early twenties who have accomplished more than most bands have after 15 years in the business, and all on the strength of 1 album! I’ll talk about the ups and downs of that quick fame with Mumford & Sons: In Sixty, Thursday March 29th, 9pm ET.
Picture being in a folk/rock band and in your early 20’s; things have been going extremely well and in a short amount of time you have become so successful that you are nominated for a couple Grammy awards, and find out you have been invited to perform on the big show. In all that excitement, the only thing you have been told is that you will be performing with a “music legend” and are left to simmer on that for a little while. Then a week before the show you, and your folk/rock band, are told the music legend you are performing with is one of your musical heroes. This is the life of Mumford and Sons, this is the music legend they performed with. Listen to Mumford & Sons relive their Bob Dylan Grammy moment when I chat with them In Sixty, March 29th, 9pm ET.
Over their 25 year career, The Roots have released 14 albums, have always been critically acclaimed, musicians love them, and from the beginning were considered by most as a great live act. But Questlove says it took getting the gig as house band for Jimmy Fallon in 2009 for them to really start functioning like a band. Up until getting that gig, The Roots NEVER rehearsed, and the Fallon job forced them to practice together everyday. Questlove says at first, the 8 members were stuck in a tiny room and forced to practice, he said it was completely awkward and almost felt like they didn’t know how to be a band. Imagine what they could’ve accomplished if only they had practiced…..
In 1977 the landscape of R&B was defined by some of the biggest names in music: Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Commodores, Barry White, Stevie Wonder. But one of the biggest R&B hits from that year came from a group you may not have heard of called the Floaters. The tune Float On spent 6 weeks at #1 in the US and it also hit # 1 in the UK. For all the Fresh Prince of Bell Air geeks out there (or am I the only one?) in the episode when Jazz gets married to Jewel, this is the song that played them down the aisle. Remember??? Anyone?
Most successful bands eventually find themselves wanting to get back to the feeling of what it was like to make music as a new band, when the only thing that mattered was making music. Ironically, it’s the fame and success that musicians seek that often times becomes their musical crutch. Some of the best music out there, is by those bands who are new, and are not so far away from their beginnings to remember why they started making music in the first place. That being said let me please introduce you to: Poor Young Things. This is a great tune.