Well, they are talented. And, in spite of their claim that they weren't really a band, they had a surprising level of outfit coordination, meaning that either they'd just come from the backstage of a touring show of Newsies, or they thought that dressing up as Mumford & Sons couldn't hurt in landing them a few extra bucks. But that's not what captured the attention of the Xpress employees.
Given the flushed faces of some of the female members of the team here at Xpress, I think it's also safe to say that a group of young, good-looking guys dressed up and performing on a warm spring day might have had something to do with the excitement as well. In fact, for a mid-day performance in the middle of the week, Nelson and crew gathered quite a crowd of onlookers, and a surprising portion of those were young, leering women.
Unfortunately for those who would love to hear (and see) more, they have their work cut out for them. As I mentioned earlier, the boys say they aren't exactly a band, but rather a group of friends from Texas visting one of their pals in town. I find this a little hard to believe given how solid their performances were, and I question how any group of Americans know an Irish folk tune like "I'll Tell Me Ma" (also known as "The Belle of Belfast City") well enough to play it on a street corner on a whim. In any case, the band say they have no recordings and no website for would-be fans.
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