Grammy-winning folk rock icons Mumford and Sons recently announced their plan to take time off as a band in hopes of just "hanging out and having no commitments or pressure or anything like that," keyboardist Ben Lovett told Rolling Stone this past Saturday. The British foursome has been in the spotlight since 2009 with the release of their debut record Sigh No More. Its follow-up, Babel scored the group their big Grammy win as Album of the Year. And after non-stop tours and appearances it seems Mumford is ready for a long lasting vacation. While the band has indefinite plans of a hiatus, we've gathered five other groups who could hold you over and give you your folk-rock fix in the meantime. For those of you who have long awaited this moment, embrace it and high-five amongst yourselves.
Kopecky's co-founders first met back in 2007 while attending Belmont College in Nashville, TN and soon added four more members to make up the current Family. The bandmates often switch up instruments and have a unique folk-pop sound and charming personalities that make them one of Baeble's favorite guests. Watch them perform at the ATO Cabin earlier this summer:
After touring with Mumford and Sons and signing with Communion Records (co-founded by Mumford's Ben Lovett and their own Kevin Jones), it's no surprise Bear's Den will fill the void left by their headliner's upcoming hiatus. The trio sings in ear-pleasing harmonies accompanied by banjo, bass and a soft drum kit. Watch their charming performance at the Baeble HQ:
Originally a solo project, Lord Huron was created by Ben Schneider in 2010. Scheider wrote and recorded three songs that quickly gained him attention, and he soon added four childhood friends to the band. Since then, Lord Huron has played at festivals like Lollapalooza and SXSW and has released 2 EPs and a full-length album, Lonesome Dreams.
Twin Forks is a newly established band with frontman Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional as lead singer and guitarist, and other members coming from bands The Narrative and Bad Books. The band released their self-titled EP last week, and it's full of high energy bouncing between Americana and folk.
This soulful band is based out of Brooklyn and delivers emotional, harmony-based acoustic tracks in their full-length, self-titled album released in January 2013. Influenced by an accident that left his wife temporarily paralyzed, Zach Williams began writing songs in 2010 that dealt with the intense feelings he was confronted with, and you can definitely hear the emotion in his songs. The band's members all hail from small southern towns and label their sound as "Brooklyn country music." Take a listen below:
And we'll always have this good ol' Mumford and Sons concert to watch.