- - Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ann Romney said the election of her husband, a Mormon, would signal “that prejudices are left behind” just as the election of President Barack Obama sent that signal.

The wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney told “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno that she loves the fact the nation elected its first black president, the Associated Press reports.

Asked by Mr. Leno to reflect on the significance of the first Mormon president, Mrs. Romney said she hoped that if her husband were elected, “We would see more of the same, that prejudices are left behind.”

The Romneys met in high school. Asked whether Mr. Romney was a good dancer back then, she told Mr. Leno: “He’s gotten to be a better dancer.”

Mrs. Romney’s appearance was taped for Tuesday night’s “Tonight Show.”

Harris, Mumford & Sons team for ‘CMT Crossroads’

Emmylou Harris loves Mumford & Sons for a special reason.

“They’re making the banjo respectable, which is not an easy feat, and I’m so glad it’s finally happening,” Miss Harris joked.

Miss Harris, an iconic singer and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Mumford & Sons, platinum-selling lads from London who have sparked a folk-rock resurgence, are joining together to explore their shared love of high harmony, sad songs and, yes, the oft-belittled banjo on Thursday’s episode of “CMT Crossroads,” according to the Associated Press.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based Miss Harris had met lead singer Marcus Mumford only briefly before agreeing to do the show based on the waves they created in the music world. They coordinated song choices by phone and got together to rehearse for a little more than a day before recording the show earlier this month.

It was a crash course in catalog consumption and the chance to get to know each other.

“They’re great harmony [singers] and they’ve got this great driving groove with a minimalist instrumentation,” Miss Harris said. “But they just sound good and the songs have beautiful melodies, and I love harmonizing on them.”

Miss Harris, 65, was among the gateway artists who helped Mr. Mumford and bandmates Ben Lovett, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall discover their love for American roots music. It started with the “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack. Miss Harris appeared with Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss on the memorable song “Didn’t Leave Nobody but the Baby.” That eventually led them to the Old Crow Medicine Show and then deep immersion in old-timey sounds from America’s long-neglected past.

They ran across Miss Harris‘ imprint many times along the way, and with the help of Dobro master Jerry Douglas, they help explore that legacy on the show.

“Pretty much every song that Emmylou has sung on is my favorite song of whichever artist she sang with,” Mr. Mumford said. “I’m like an obsessive Emmylou Harris freak and I’m not ashamed.”

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