ATLANTA, GA (WABE) - (Announcer): Some say the good life is all about being in the right place at the right time.
And you won’t get an argument from the members of bluegrass band “Seven Handle Circus.”
As WABE’s Jim Burress reports, one of the most popular music acts around happened to hear the band by accident. And that one moment changed everything.
(Reporter): As guitarist Shawn Spencer tells it, his band, Seven Handle Circus, was playing a Bluegrass Breakfast’ last month at a local eatery.
They weren’t necessary excited about it.
(Spencer): “It didn’t even pay that well. But we didn’t have anything else to do on a Sunday morning. So we agreed to do it.”
(Reporter): So there they were, amid folks eating omelets and sipping OJ. Playin’. Pickin’. Pretty good music, actually. And then “it” happened.
(Spencer): “Well, I don’t think we recognized them at first. I’d actually never seen them.”
(Reporter): In for breakfast walks the band, “Mumford and Sons.” As in chart-topping, Grammy Award nominated for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song, Mumford and Sons.
(Spencer): “Yeah, it was pretty crazy.”
(Reporter): The guys knew the group was playing nearby at the Fox Theater. But when they heard the English bandmembers actually speak, they had no doubt.
(Spencer): They were like filming us on their phones and stuff, and we just got to talking to them afterwards. And they were like We really enjoyed your music. Do you want to come play at the Fox tonight?’”
(Reporter) As Spencer says, how could you say no to that?
(Specner): “Mumford and Sons talked about us on stage, so all the people at the concert heard about us. Our website traffic went through the roof immediately.
(Reporter) Since then the band’s gotten a lot more attention, and bookings.
Seven Handle Circus heads back to the studio to record another album later this month…