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Marcus Mumford to Pen Unheard Bob Dylan Tracks

Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford is using unheard Bob Dylan lyrics for a new project.

The Mumford and Sons frontman has penned new words to unfinished tracks written by the legendary folk singer in the late sixties during his The Basement Tapes period, for a new album entitled Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes.

"These are not B-level Dylan lyrics. They're lyrics he just never got around to finishing," producer T Bone Burnett - who also worked with Elvis Costello, 59,for the project - told the LA Times newspaper.

Dylan's 1975 album The Basement Tapes was mostly recorded in the basement of the The Band's Big Pink House - a home the Canadian-American rock group shared in New York - after they toured with the singer in 1966, however this time the material is being recorded at Hollywood's Capitol Studios.

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Mumford and Sons Pretend to Be Irish

Mumford and SonsMumford and Sons say convincing people they're Irish is the secret of their success.

The "I Will Wait" band is from England, but their use of traditional instruments - including accordion, mandolin and double bass - and close harmonies means some people mistake them for being from neighboring Ireland. "Everyone thinks we're Irish. There's an Irish bar in every town - it's the secret of our success," keyboard player Ben Lovett said.

Banjo player Winston Marshall also points out the roots of their sound and some of their instruments, such as the banjo, aren't even from Europe, adding, "We're in a long line of English people pretending to be Americans and not being as good as Americans."

The band - also including Marcus Mumford and Ted Dwayne - are known for spending long periods touring around the world, particularly in the US, but aren't huge fans of having to do it in a bus. "I went camping on a stag weekend and hated it. [And] you can't s**t on the bus. You still brush your teeth outside and spit it out, just like on a campsite," Marcus added.

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Mumford and Sons Star Ted Dwane Home After Brain Surgery

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Artist News, Folk, Rock,

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Mumford & Sons star Ted Dwane is at home recovering after having brain surgery.

The 28-year-old bassist had emergency surgery last week after a scan revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain, but he is now convalescing and has thanked fans for their messages of support. In a posting on the band's website - accompanied by a picture of him sporting a shaved head - he revealed, "Bear with a sore head! Thanks so much for all the well wishing, it seems to be working! I'm home."

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Mumford & Sons Bassist Rushed to Hospital

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Artist News, Concerts / Tours, Folk, Rock,

Ted Dwane of Mumford & SonsMumford & Sons bassist Ted Dwane has undergone emergency brain surgery.

According to a statement released on the band's official website, the English rocker had a blood cot in his head:

"Ted has been feeling unwell for a few days, and yesterday he was taken to a hospital to receive emergency treatment... The scans revealed a blood clot on the surface of his brain that requires an operation. Ted is receiving excellent care and we are being assured that he will recover quickly from surgery."

The band was forced to postpone three shows - two in Texas and one in New Orleans - but has stated that they do not intend to postpone any others: "We have no plans to cancel or postpone any other appearances along this current tour."

The other members ended the statement on a touching note: "We're all wishing Ted a speedy recovery. Much love, Mumford & Sons."

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Mumford and Sons: Glastonbury Is a Risk

Mumford & SonsMumford and Sons aren't sure they can compete with The Rolling Stones at Glastonbury and admit the festival appearance is a big "risk."

The "I Will Wait" band see headlining the world renowned event as the biggest "gamble" they've ever taken, and aren't sure if they can live up to the legacy of their co-headliners - who have been touring for 50 years.

"It's a really huge deal to headline Glastonbury; we're a young band with only two records behind us. This summer is probably the biggest risk we've ever taken," frontman Marcus Mumford said.

Banjo player Winston Marshall added, "I've seen The Stones play for three hours and the crowd knew every song. It's what you want in a headline slot at a festival. I'm scared because it feels like a gamble. We don't know if we've earned it yet or not."

Bass player Ted Dwayne also admits he's getting nervous in the run up to their closing festival slot on Sunday June 30: "The other night was the first time I visualized the [main] Pyramid Stage in my head. I hadn't made that connection before, and it actually real, it's really, really scary."

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Jack White Set for the Grammys

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Awards, Performances, Alternative, Blues, Pop, Rock,

Jack WhiteJack White, Carrie Underwood and Ed Sheeran have been confirmed to perform at the Grammy Awards.

Nine time award winner Jack will take to the stage at the 55th annual event - held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 10 - as will Ed, who is teaming up for a special duet with Elton John. "Buzzing to announce I am going to be performing live on @TheGRAMMYs ... Cannot wait! (sic)" Ed wrote on Twitter.

Ed's track "The A Team" is competing for "Song Of The Year," while Jack's Blunderbuss album is nominated for the Best Rock Album and Album of the Year, while "Freedom at 21" receives the nod for Best Rock Song.

Jack recently said he believes his debut solo has been such a success because he was tough with himself the whole way through recording: "I have an obsession with being hard on myself because I really need to feel proud of what I do. If I look back and see that I got the best engineers, that someone mixed the record for me, that it was just a bunch of people playing the parts, I couldn't live with throwing my name on top of it."

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Rihanna, Taylor Swift to Perform at Grammys

RihannaMumford & Sons, Rihanna and Taylor Swift are among the first performers confirmed for the 2013 Grammy Awards. Fun. and The Black Keys will also hit the stage at the biggest night in American music, which takes place on February 10.

All of the performers are nominated at the 55th annual music industry awards, with Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys and Fun. leading the pack with six nods apiece, along with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean.

Fun. are nominated in categories including Album of the Year for their debut, Some Nights, Record of the Year and Song of the Year for the Janelle Monae-featuring hit "We Are Young," and Best New Artist.

The Black Keys' seventh album El Camino is up for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album, while single "Lonely Boy" is nominated for Record of the Year. Mumford & Sons' chart-topping album Babel will also compete for Album of the Year.

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2013 Grammy Nominations Announced

Kanye WestKanye West, Mumford & Sons and Jay-Z have landed six nominations each for the Grammy Awards 2013.

The hip-hop artists and folk-rockers were joined by Frank Ocean and The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach in gaining the most nods when the shortlist was announced in Nashville, Tennessee, last night. Indie group fun. also boasted an impressive haul, scoring nominations in the four major categories; Record of the Year and Song of the Year for their single "We Are Young feat. Janelle Monae," Album of the Year for their debut Some Nights, and Best New Artist.

Speaking after they had performed at the nominations, fun. singer Nate Ruess said, "Tonight, all I wanted to do was get up and really give it our all receiving the nomination is amazing and a culmination of hard work the three of us have put into this band." fun. share three of their nominations with Frank, whose "Channel Orange" is up for Album of the Year, his single "Thinkin' Bout You" is up for Record of the Year, and who also has a nomination in the Best New Artist category.

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Mumford and Sons Start Third Album

Mumford and SonsMumford and Sons have got the "bones" of their next album written.

The "I Will Wait" group only released their second record, Babel, in September, but are busy starting work on new songs and hope to follow up with their third album quickly.

Banjo player "Country" Winston Marshall said, "Will we wait years for the next album? F**k no! We've just started working on new songs, got a rehearsal studio. They're the bones of songs, but really exciting bones." Winston also said also said he's sometimes having trouble keeping up with lead singer Marcus Mumford when they play live: "On out first night of playing at the Hollywood Bowl we were so overexcited we rushed through the first half of the set. If Marcus goes really fast, I can't keep up and everyone realizes I can't actually play the banjo."

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Mumford and Sons’ Babel Success

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: The Charts, Folk, Rock, New Releases,

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Mumford and Sons' new album Babel has achieved the biggest sales week of 2012 in the US Billboard Chart. The group sold over 600,000 copies of their second LP in America, but Daniel Glass - of their US label Glassnote - says the boys won't be getting over-the-top gifts to celebrate their success: "No new cars. We have something we think is very special... we hug. We're big huggers. We will give them a big hug and compliments on their job."

Daniel says he always knew the band - made up of Marcus Mumford, "Country" Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane - would be successful as they're so talented and work really hard, especially when on tour. "I can go back to the beginning and I knew we were signing a very talented band to our roster. They delivered incredible music for a second time... and the work that was done, it's very empowering and shows a lot of confidence when a band goes out for almost two months playing new music from the new album for their fans and shares it with them and makes the fan experience so wonderful and inclusive. The attitude of Mumford and Sons is that fans really do come first and word of mouth is important. They've let you in on new music for a long time and it's not a marketing ploy. It has been that unfurling and exposure going on for a year and a half with the new music," he said.

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