Mumford & Sons band succumbs to St. Augustine’s charms

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Internationally popular band Mumford & Sons wrapped up its 2013 U.S. "Gentlemen of the Road" tour in St. Augustine, where they not only performed to 25,000 fans, but also spent a few days discovering the charms of the Nation's Oldest City,  In an online interview with USA TODAY, bandmates Marcus Mumford and Ben Lovett said they were struck by the history and beauty at every turn here. "I find it really rare to be in America and see old stuff," said Mumford, commenting on his delight at finding things like "brickwork that's older than the country."  The musicians confessed to being smitten during their concert stopover during a tour they produced to "celebrate some of the best small towns in the world," he said. "There is something mystical about Florida and St. Augustine. We have fallen in love with it, basically." They measure their success by their live performances, they said, noting that St. Augustine's crowd was one of the best they have encountered.

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