Last spring Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros embarked on the Railroad Revival Tour, which saw the three bands traverse the country together via vintage train cars. The throwback tour, which got its inspiration from the famed 1970 Festival Express tour that transported the likes of the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and The Band across Canada, began in Oakland and ended in New Orleans, stopped in six cities along the cross-country route, where the bands performed at a series of unique outdoor venues.
The entire experience of traveling, living and performing over the course of the six day trip was documented by a film crew, and is now being released as a documentary entitled the Big Easy Express, and will premiere at this year’s SXSW. Let’s check out the trailer…
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Finally, over the last few years the Grammy awards have built buzz around a series of “mash up” performances that have featured both cross-genre acts, as well as legacy and up and coming bands performing together to various degrees of success. While we were quite enamored with last year’s pairing of Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan, we’re not quite so confident that this year’s announced pairings will even be worth tuning in for on Sunday night. For their first public performance in over 20 years, the surviving members of the Beach Boys will be joined by Maroon 5 and Foster The People, while the Foo Fighters will participate in something that’s being billed as “a special segment spotlighting dance/electronica music” alongside Deadmau5, Chris Brown, David Guetta and Lil’ Wayne. In addition to these potential train wrecks, the telecast will also feature a performances by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, and Adele, who is likely to collect trophies for just about everything she’s been nominated for.