Whitney Pierce Staff Writer
Mumford & Sons have been having quite the time this year with their tour. They were forced to cancel multiple shows because bassist, Ted Dwane, has to undergo surgery to remove a blood clot that is on his brain.
The latest show the band had to cancel was at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival but they were lucky enough to be able to have a band step in and take their spot. That band is none other than Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers!
While I thought that Steve was just a hilarious comedian and a Father of the Bride, it also turns out that he can carry a tune and has been for quite some time. Since 2009 he has been singing at various shows with the Steep Canyon Rangers. He has even recorded an album with them and jointly won an Entertainer of the Year award at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in 2011.
While Mumford & Sons were disappointed not to be headlining at the 40th Telluride Bluegrass Festival, they’re more than happy to help their bandmate make a full recovery. Steve Martin also offered his support, with a dash of humor of course, to the band on Twitter saying “All best wishes to Mumford’s Ted Dwane, honored to face angry mob tomorrow at Telluride on their behalf.”
They performed on Thursday night, the first night of the festival, and there are many more acts to come including Punch Brothers, Masters of Bluegrass (which includes Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks and Jerry McCoury), Sam Bush Band and Jackson Browne.