"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mumford & Sons

Wednesday, March 7, 2012:  We attended the 2nd night of a historic, 3-night stand of SOLD OUT shows at The Ryman Auditorium by the amazing English folk-rock group, Mumford & Sons.  We felt lucky to attend since tickets sold out in a reported record time of under 10 minutes to all three shows.

The historic Hatch Show Print Company had a limited edition run of show prints made
 for the occasion.  We snagged the yellow one on the right to add to our collection.
photo courtesy of mumfordandsonsblog.com

The North London quartet took stage around 9:30 after two impressive opening acts. 
The Nashville-based band The Apache Relay was first up and we really enjoyed their energy and
sound.  The band,  Dawes, followed with a solid set.  We had seen them before when they opened
for Brett Dennen at The Cannery last year.  In the video below we got an additional treat when Jerry
Douglas and his dobro(who we had just missed at Bluegrass Underground - see previous blog
entry) joined the boys on stage for an excellent cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer" as well as
 M&S's own beautiful song "Awake My Soul."

This was easily agreed upon by us to be one of the best-sounding shows we have ever
seen at The Ryman (and there have been plenty).  The crowd was enthusiastic and
appreciative of not only the songs they all knew by heart off the band's brilliant debut
album, Sigh No More, but also of several new songs that will hopefully make it onto
their much anticipated second album.  Some of which is probably being recorded here
 in Nashville.  Our folding-chair seats behind the last row in  the balcony were a
perfect vantage point.  Photo copyright Steve Lowy 2011

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