Post # 1
My fiancé and I’s families aren’t exactly the dancing type. We would rather go with some music that sounds great in the background. We both love folk/bluegrass type of music, and we think it would suit the reception venue perfectly (rustic/antique ballroom). The problem is that we are having a problem finding music for our DJ to play. We don’t want anything too gospel or too backwoods-in your-face-banjo. We LOVE Mumford and Sons and the soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? Whatever we play though has to have a clean version. I don’t want our pastor or children hearing the f word being expelled through the sound system.
Any other artist recommendations would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
@Kelli_AD: So funny, I started reading your post and was going to immediately recommend Mumford and Sons. Do you use Pandora? I have the Mumford and Son’s station playing right now, it plays anything that gets tagged as sounding like Mumford. The White Stripes comes up alot, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Bison, Driftwood, The Avett Brothers, Patrick Park are all listed as similar artists.
Post # 4
I’m a self proclaimed music snob, so I apologize ahead of time if this sounds snooty 🙂 Pandora sucks, IMO. Check out 8tracks.com. Go to the folk section and you’ll find a lot of great bands out there. Here are a couple of my recommendations:
Of Monsters & Men
The Middle East
Glen Hansard (The Frames)
The Tallest Man on Earth
The Oh Hello’s
The Avett Brothers
The Paper Kites
Post # 5
@KateByDesign: Ive never heard of it! Are you able to listen to it on your phone?
Post # 6
@KateByDesign: I answered my own question by signing up!
Post # 7
@hma812: I have the app for it on my iphone, so as long as you have one then yah!
No commercials, and lots of new music to discover. Pandora loops their songs which I hate. These are all people making their own mixes.
Post # 8
The Avett Brothers are one of my ALL TIME favorite bands. My DH actually surprised me with tix to see them the DAY after our wedding. WONDERFUL. Also check out some old Johnny Cash, Dawes, Alexi Murdoch, Band of Horses, John Prine, Old School Freight Train, Josh Ritter, and Iron and Wine.
I’m listening to the Avett Brothers right now to get in the mood for when I see them again next weekend!
Post # 9
Damien Rice (some explicit content, but I am sure you can find him clean)
Gosh there are zillions… I could go on for days.
Post # 10
@deetroitwhat: Ray LaMontagne’s “You are the best thing” was DH and I’s first dance. FANTASTIC song.
Also, forgot to add Trampled By Turtles. They have some great banjo pickin!
Post # 11
@Mrs.LloydDobler: I love that song, but I prefer his earlier CD’s. What a perfect wedding song! Trouble is the best best besttttttt.
Post # 13
there are so many good options listed! you could try some Old 97s too. 🙂
But i just wanna comment and say Awesome. +2pts for folk!
Post # 14
Thanks everyone! Listening to these artists now…loving it so far.
Post # 15
Check out some Kate Rusby.
Also think about groups that do all or predominantly instrumentals. There are lots of good Celtic and Celtic-influenced groups out there that you could check out:
Cherish the Ladies
Also, if you would be interested in some stuff local to Indiana, some friends of mine in the South Bend area have a wonderful band called Kennedy’s Kitchen. They play around different parts of the state quite a bit – worth checking out!
Post # 16
Loveee Tallest Man on Earth!
Old Man Leudecke is great too! We’re entering as husband and wife to the song “Proof of Love”