RS Country: “How Americana Went Mainstream in the 2010s”

Rolling Stone Country published a really interesting piece just before we had our Christmas break which described how americana was once a niche genre (rude), before finding a wider audience in the last decade citing artists like the Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, and the Avett Brothers. Cue the heated debate over what constitutes americana but hey, if a band causes a banjo to be played on Radio 1, who are we to cast the first stone. Continue reading “RS Country: “How Americana Went Mainstream in the 2010s””

Songs for the apocalypse: Mumford and Sons “The Ghosts That We Knew”

Right I know I’ll get shot for this one but bands that everyone thinks are a bit shit can still sometimes write songs that have a resonance for you – this was a track I listened to in the car on the way back from visiting my dear old friend Tom who was about to die. He was 90 and was ready to go but his feelings at the end of his life were basically the refrain “Give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light”. At about 3’10” this song kicks into something quite magical – as one of the comments below the track on YouTube says: “That fucking banjo man. Gets me every time.”