Why Mumford & Sons' Winston Marshall is going to change his tattoo and stop going by the nickname "Country Winston"
- GQ: Why the word "tour" [as a tattoo]?
- Winston Marshall: Um, because I love tour.
- GQ: Not "touring"? Not even "tour!" with an exhortatory or celebratory exclamation mark? Could you only afford the four letters?
- WM: Yeah, at the time... [He grins.] I'll add the 'ing' now. I know it's not very imaginative.
- GQ: While we're at it, why the nickname "Country"?
- WM: I'm not up for it any more; I'm going to change it. It was from an old band where we had pseudonyms. I kept it because I thought it was fun. There was Hillbilly Harry, Duvet Crocket, Kid Fiddler... The problem is, at the time, for me, country music meant bluegrass. Now I've spent time in America I've realised I don't actually like country music.
I think it’s brilliant that that music is catching people’s attention. It’s beautiful… And I think these acts nowadays are keeping people’s ears open to the idea of the soulfulness of folk-style music and acoustic music, and you get a little bit closer to the musician, to the writer, at times. It doesn’t have to be about them. I don’t think it’s about authenticity at all. It’s just about the idea that style can sometimes bring you in and bring you closer, like someone sitting at a piano can.
- Jack White, when asked, “What do you think of acoustic bands like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers, who play acoustic music and are making a huge mark on the charts today?”