Mumford and Sons have been announced as this year’s recipients of the prestigious John Steinbeck Award. The band will be presented, with the award, at a special event honouring them, in September.
Stanford Live and the Cox Centre for Steinbeck Studies, at SJSU announced that Mumford and Sons – consisting of Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane – are this year’s recipients of the John Steinbeck Award. The band will be hounoured, at a special event, at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall, on Wednesday the 18th of September 2019, at 7:30pm. The award ceremony will feature a conversation with the band as well as an acoustic performance. Tickets for the ceremony went on sale yesterday (Friday August 09).
The announcement comes after Mumford and Sons, earlier this summer, released a brand new single ‘Women’. In a press release, the band’s guitarist Winston Marshall, said of the track: “‘Woman’ was written over a long period of time, but really came together under the hands of Paul Epworth. In the studio we would find Paul going into “crazy-genius-mode” every now and then when inspiration would carry him late into the night. When ‘Woman’ went through that process it became what it is now.”
The band followed the release of their new single, ‘Women’, with a slew of tour dates across the UK and Ireland, in June 2019. This summer also saw the band perform at number of festivals, including a headline set, which they curated, at All Points East.
Reviewing the festival, NME wrote: “Although there are sombre moments – an a capella ‘Forever’, a heart-wrenching ‘Wild Heart’ – there’s a celebratory air to the evening, a mood best summed up when Marcus asks, “Shall we stop fucking around then?”, before the band launches into ‘I Will Wait’, which sounds more explosive than any banjo-based pop song really has any right to.”