Twenty Minutes! That’s how long it took for 3 Ryman shows with Mumford & Sons to sell out. I decided to wait and catch the last night, March 8. Also on the bill was new Shure Endorsers’ Dawes. This would be my first time seeing either band perform on tour.
I arrived just in time for Mumford’s soundcheck. The group is singing on SM58’s and using a host of other Shure mics around the stage. I met the crew for the first time and then started setting up for a video interview. After their soundcheck, Ben Lovett and Ted Dwane came by and knocked out the interview, which went very well.
After a short dinner, I returned and was hanging around backstage when who shows up… Jerry Douglas. Jerry came to perform with his friends Mumford & Sons. I also said a quick hello to Dawes right before they went on stage. Drummer Griffin Goldsmith commented that Shure has been very big help to their career so far. Once they too the stage, I was immediately drawn in to his playing (me being a drummer) as well as his brother and lead singer Taylor’s voice. This group gave a great performance, full of emotion, animated, and well executed. On the last number, Mumford & Sons joined them on stage to finish out a great set.
The sold out crowd was ready when the headliners came out. This being my first time seeing them, I was wondering how this group could fill out their 2 hour set, especially with only one record out. This show ended up being a lot more exciting than I had envisioned. Marcus Mumford’s voice grabs your ears and does not let go. Then the rest of the groups harmonies complete their sound. They played their hits as well as a few of their new, yet to be released songs. The light show was brilliant, adding to the excitement of the music and making it that much more of a show.This show is ready for arenas but I have a feeling that they love playing to these intimate crowds, especially at the historic Ryman Auditorium for the first time.
At the end of their set, Jerry Douglas joined them on stage for a couple songs, including a great version of “The Boxer” by Simon & Garfunkel. For one of the final numbers, Dawes also came out and they all went to the front of the stage and performed Bob Dylan’s “Hey, Momma Rock Me” acoustically. The entire Ryman audience sang along. Musicians traded solos. It was quite a party! Google it and I’m certain someone will have posted a video.
Go see these groups if you have the opportunity. It was a fantastic show all around.