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In turn, the quartet has helped shine a light on the influence Miss Harris and the extensive roots underground still exerts. The band, which releases their new album, “Babel,” this week, were a growing success story in that community when they appeared on the 2011 Grammy Awards with Bob Dylan and the Avett Brothers, launching Mumford & Sons into the national popular consciousness.

“For us, it’s kind of a bit of a dream come true,” Mr. Dwane said. “We’d never thought we’d get to travel so extensively, meet our heroes and collaborate with so many people. … We’re just having a really nice time.”

Like the band, fans have discovered something new in those old sounds. Mumford & Sons routinely drew 10,000 and more fans on their Gentleman of the Road tour across the U.S. this summer, almost all of them dancing along to Mr. Marshall’s banjo.

“Folk music has always been there, but it’s wonderful to see the infusion of freshness and energy, but still having that passion,” Miss Harris said. “Not just mimicking what went before, but infusing it. I was joking about the banjo, but I’m serious.”

Rejected on ‘Bachelorette,’ new ‘Bachelor’ is chosen

The next star of “The Bachelor” will be Sean Lowe, who was dumped on “The Bachelorette.”

According to the Associated Press, ABC said the 28-year-old Dallas businessman will be the one doing the choosing when “The Bachelor” returns for its 17th edition.

On the eighth edition of “The Bachelorette,” Mr. Lowe confessed his love for Emily Maynard, but was eliminated just before the finale.

ABC said Mr. Lowe is ready to look for love again and confident he will find his soul mate. The 6-foot-3 Texan was a linebacker at Kansas State and worked in finance and insurance before starting a custom furniture business.

“The Bachelor” is hosted by Chris Harrison and returns in January.

‘Honey Boo Boo’ gets more episodes, specials

On the eve of what was to be its season finale, TLC has ordered more episodes of its hit reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” a spinoff of “Toddlers & Tiaras.”

Though there is not yet a premiere date for the new batch of episodes, the network also announced that there will be three holiday specials timed to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

“‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ has become a pop-culture phenomenon,” said TLC GM Amy Winter. “What you see is what you get and we are excited to share even more of Alana and her family’s unbridled hilarity, sincerity and love with our viewers.”

The series revolves around the daily lives of 7-year-old beauty pageant contestant Alana Thompson — aka “Honey Boo Boo Child” — and her family, a group of self-described rednecks from a small town in Georgia. That includes her mom, June (aka “Mama”); dad Mike (“Sugar Bear”); and sisters Lauryn, 12 (“Pumpkin”), Jessica, 15 (“Chubbs”) and Anna, 17 (“Chickadee”), who recently gave birth to her first child.

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