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The Writing of John Steinbeck Inspired Mumford & Sons’ New Song ‘Blind Leading the Blind’ (Listen)

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Eighteen months is quite a bit of time to spend on crafting one song, but it’s the story behind “Blind Leading the Blind,” a new song from Mumford & Sons that the band premiered on Wednesday.

Originally thought up in 2018, the song’s been a work in progress for a while — but Mumford & Sons’ recent acceptance of the John Steinbeck Award in September seems to have been all the group needed to put the finishing touches on the track, which features a familiar driving energy and some banjo plucks, for good measure:

Said Marcus Mumford of the song:

“‘Blind Leading The Blind’ has been a song we’ve had up our sleeves for some time, which ended up being a catalytic song for much of our work on Delta, its themes and feelings, but that we never got round to finishing in time to put it on the original release. We’re proud that we’ve finally finished it, as it feels like one of the most challenging songs, thematically, that we’ve put out there, both for ourselves and our audience. It feels it’s becoming harder and harder to coerce yourself into a listening, present and unafraid disposition, but that’s the gauntlet we’re throwing down for ourselves.”

On Sept. 18, the band was given the John Steinbeck Award at a ceremony at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University.

The John Steinbeck Award is open to “writers, thinkers, artists, and activists who embody the empathetic spirit and values of John Steinbeck.”

“Blind Leading the Blind” is the first bit of new music from Mumford & Sons since their 2018 album Delta.

Extensive touring of the greater United States in the rear-view mirror, Mumford & Sons have a slate of dates abroad on the upcoming schedule:

November 12—Osaka, Japan—Namba Hatch
November 13—Tokyo, Japan—Toyosu Pit
November 15—Seoul, South Korea—Muv Hall
November 17—Taipei, Taiwan—Legacy Taipei
November 21—Bangkok, Thailand—GMM Live House
November 23— Singapore, Singapore—Neon Lights Festival
November 24—Hong Kong, HK—Clockenflap Festival
December 5—New York, NY—Alt 92.3 Radio Presents: Not So Silent Night at
Barclays Center
December 7—San Jose, CA—Alt 105.3 Radio Presents: Not So Silent Night at SAP Center
December 14—Chicago, IL—101 WKQX Presents: The Nights We Stole Christmas
at Aragon Ballroom
March 8, 2020—Okeechobee, FL—Okeechobee Festival

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