Jack’s Song Of The Day: Mumford & Sons

mumford and sons Jacks Song Of The Day: Mumford & Sons

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Jack FM is proud to say we survived the July 4th weekend with all our fingers intact.

Sadly, the same can’t be said for our Uncle Stu.

The philosophy of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mumford & Sons[/lastfm] is simple: to make music that matters without taking themselves too seriously.

It’s a philosophy that has proven golden for the band from England.

Formed in October 2007, Mumford & Sons came out of what has been described as the “West London folk scene.”  Shortly after forming, the band released the EP Love Your Ground.  They toured heavily in the U.K., all the while exposing audiences to their music and building support for a full-length album.

When the time was right, Mumford & Sons headed into the studio to record their debut LP.  Sigh No More was released in the U.K. in October 2009 and was an instant hit.  It reached # 2 on the U.K. Albums chart.

Wanting to duplicate their success across the pond, Mumford & Sons released Sigh No More in the States in February 2010.  That same month, they made their American network TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman.

In December ’10, Mumford & Sons received Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song for their single, “Little Lion Man.“  They didn’t win, but their performance with the legendary [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] earned rave reviews and sparked interest among American music fans.

In fact, sales of Sigh No More increased by 99% in the U.S. after their Grammy performance.  The album, to date, has sold over one million copies and is the tenth most downloaded album of all time in the States.  It peaked at # 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned four hit singles, including Jack’s Song of the Day, “Roll Away Your Stone.”

Known for their live performances, Mumford & Sons have played all over the world.  In 2011, they played the main stages at both the Bonnaroo and Glastonbury Festivals, having played the side stages just a year before.  It was at this year’s Glastonbury Festival that Mumford & Sons announced they’d been busy working on a new album, an album which should be released in late ’11.

Check out Mumford & Sons performing their hit, “Little Lion Man.“  How can Jack FM not love a band who utilizes the accordion?!

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