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Mumford & Sons and Avetts should have felt blessed; might have felt more like a curse

When two of the tallest blades in the bluegrass prairie, Mumford and Sons and the Avett Brothers, heard they were going to be performing with Bob Dylan at this year’s Grammy Awards, they must have felt like the Sun was finally reaching them.

Both acts came out with all they had – it was visible. Very few guitar strings have taken the kind of abuse dealt to those on Marcus Mumford’s anxious acoustic as he slammed out a ready rendition of their song “The Cave.” Select few syllables have been projected as fully as those Seth Avett belted across sincere key chimes to the ears of a coveted national audience; many of whom likely hearing his lyrics for the first time.

When Dylan’s turn came, however, it became easy to forget the quick picking of Mumford and the evoking vocals of the Avetts. Not so much because Dylan washed out their shine in legendary brilliance, but because his raspy rambling scoured all the eloquencies of the previous acts right out of their ears and memories.

I will forever respect Dylan, but at this show he honestly sounded like a washed-up drunk maybe-coulda-been singing to six women smoking Pall Malls at a beat-down BINGO hall. Below’s the best video I could find, believe it or not, but better sound quality would only make the truth that much sharper and more unforgiving. I’ll let you decide. Skip ahead roughly 30 seconds to reach the music.


~ by troyc on February 14, 2011 .

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