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MUMFORD AND SONS: 'STRANGE' TO HEAR ARTISTS COPPING THEIR SOUND
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3/18/2013

Mumford And Sons keyboardist Ben Lovett admits in a new cover story in Rolling Stone that he was surprised when he heard "Home," the Mumford-esque hit performed by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips. Lovett said, "I was like, 'What's that? Did we do that?'" Lovett added that it's strange to hear an American Idol singer copping his band's style, saying, "When we started it was quite fun doing what we were doing 'cause no one else was doing it. It was like our little secret."

While Lovett said that he doesn't mind hearing other bands coming out with an acoustic rock sound, he also said, "The only thing that makes me a bit sad about it is that if people think that it's a good commercial move. I think that's just stupid. Because it's not about the setup. It's about the songs, how we're expressing our songs with this kind of accidental selection of instruments. That's not like a formula to go and sell records."

Other acts that have gained fame and/or radio airplay in the wake of Mumford And Sons exploding onto the scene include Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and particularly the Lumineers.

Mumford And Sons' Babel was named Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards last month. The win sent the disc temporarily back to Number One on the Billboard album chart, while pushing its sales over two million.

The band has been named one of the headlining acts, along with Paul McCartney, Bjork, Wilco and Tom Petty, for the 2013 edition of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which will take place from June 13th through the 16th in Manchester, Tennessee.


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