It was fantastic. I have a lot of thoughts that are not-quite-music-related, and I will likely (possibly) write another post about those.
But first, I'd like to talk music! The Gentlemen of the Road tour headliners were, of course, fantastic. Edwarde Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros put on a trippy hobo show. I can't help but think their lead singer would have been an itinerant back-country revival preacher in the 1920's. Mumford and Sons brought the proverbial house down. I assume you've all seen or heard some of their songs, so there's no need to post any here.
I would, however, like to introduce you to a couple of bands you may not know.
First, it is important to note that there is a difference between country music and bluegrass music. If you've got a hate-on for country, I would plead with you to give bluegrass a chance. Maybe start by watching O Brother, Where Art Thou.
And then you should take a listen to Old Crow Medicine Show, who put on a lively romp of a show:
If you're still uninterested in these fast-singing, quick-fingered souls, then my other recommendation is Bear's Den.
One of two British bands I discovered late last year and am a bit smitten with (the other is Bastille*), Bear's Den is just the right combination of intensely poignant lyrics and fantastic musicianship. This was the only performance I voluntarily stood for, and even moved forward in the crowd. This was their first ever gig in Canada, and I'm not even sure if they have a full-length album yet! So get on board while they're still relatively obscure ;)
Take a listen:
I just. can't.
My heart breaks a little every time, in that aching way that also makes me feel more alive.
*I also need to link to this video - this song + the British Museum + bodily percussion = amazing.