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The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers at the Outside Lands 2009
Background information
Origin Concord, North Carolina
Genres Indie Rock, folk, Roots rock
Years active 2000–present
Labels Ramseur Records
American/Columbia Records
Associated acts Nemo
Oh What A Nightmare
Timothy Seth Avett as Darling
New Jersey Transient
Seth Avett
Scott Avett
Bob Crawford
Joe Kwon
Former members
John Twomey (Nemo Guitarist)

The Avett Brothers (pronounced /ˈeɪvɨt/) are a folk-rock band from Concord, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Scott Avett and Seth Avett, who play the banjo and guitar respectively, and Bob Crawford who plays the stand-up bass. They are often joined on tour by cellist Joe Kwon. Risen from the ashes of Seth and Scott's former rock band Nemo, the Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones."[1]



The band playing at Pickathon 2006, Portland, Oregon

While the Avetts' rock band “Nemo” was still in operation, Scott Avett started experimenting with acoustic music with some old friends at night. After a few street performances, and small incorporations of his rock background, Scott’s brother Seth joined in get-togethers they called “The Back Porch Project” or “Nemo Downstairs.” The brothers began writing originals and in 2000, with the help of John Twomey (Nemo guitarist), put together a self titled LP labeled The Avett Bros.. Soon after, the band “Nemo” broke up and Scott and Seth continued with less traditional acoustic music they had been working on. In early 2002, The Avett Brothers, and new stand-up bass player Bob Crawford, formerly of the band The Memphis Quick 50, recorded their first full album as a band titled Country Was. The band soon went on tour to promote the new album, and in late 2002 began preparations for a follow-up.

After recording a live record of originals and a few covers titled Live at the Double Door Inn, the brothers settled down to compile a new full length album. After 70 hours in the studio, the band put the final touches on their 2003 release called A Carolina Jubilee. The new album encompassed not only the band's intensity, but also its refined sound.

In 2004, The Avett Brothers released their next album, titled Mignonette, and made their musical intentions fully clear. The new CD included new harmonies, introspective lyrics, and a sense of dedication that pushed the band to new heights. The band released another live recording in 2005, Live, Vol. 2.

Following sold-out New Year's Eve show at The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Avetts completed a multi-state tour with alt-country band, BR5-49 in January. They released Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions in early 2006 to much acclaim. Their next album, The Gleam, was released in September 2006. The album features just Seth and Scott Avett with a more toned down sound compared to Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions.

On Friday, May 12, 2007, The Avett Brothers made their national television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. They performed "Paranoia in B-Flat Major" from the album Emotionalism

The band released Emotionalism on May 15, 2007. It debuted at No.1 on Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums chart, #134 spot on the Billboard Top 200 and #13 on the Independent Artist Chart.

The Avett Brothers won the Americana Music Association Duo/Group of the Year and 2007 New/Emerging Artist of the Year awards on November 1, 2007. They went on to sell out two nights at Asheville NC's Orange Peel (total capacity: 942) and one night at the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (capacity: 2,100) on Dec 28, 29 and 31st respectively. On January 8, 2008, the band debuted a video for the song "Paranoia in B-flat Major."

On February 1, 2008, The Avett Brothers' song "If It's the Beaches" from The Gleam was featured on the NBC drama Friday Night Lights. On April 25, 2008 at the MerleFest music festival, The Avett Brothers announced that their newest EP, The Second Gleam, would be released on July 22, 2008.

The Avett Brothers at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon on January 28, 2007

July 26, 2008 marked one of the biggest shows the Avett Brothers had played. It was described as a "homecoming show" in celebration of their release of The Second Gleam EP. They sold out Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary, North Carolina (capacity: 7,000), playing with no opener for nearly two-and-a-half hours.

On December 15, 2008, the The Avett Brothers announced they would be opening for Dave Matthews Band for a portion of their spring tour 2009 across the southern United States from Virginia to Arizona. The Avett Brothers also opened for Widespread Panic in 2009. On April 16, 2009, the Avett Brothers opened their tour in support of their newest album at the Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN, playing to a sold-out crowd at the annual Rock for Riley benefit concert, an annual show with Wilco and My Morning Jacket. From September 8 to October 8, 2009, in conglomeration with the upcoming release of the album, I and Love and You, the Avett Brothers released 13 short videos describing their music and fans. The videos show clips from past concerts, fan interviews and talks from the Avetts themselves. The Avett Brothers were named "the Artist to Watch of 2009" by Rolling Stone magazine.[2][3]

The Avett Brothers performed at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival.[4] Also in 2009, the Avett Brothers performed on the Late Show with David Letterman,[5] the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,[6] and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[citation needed]

Their album I and Love and You peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 best selling albums, #8 in best selling digital albums, #7 in rock albums, and #1 in folk albums.[7]

On January 21, 2010, the band aired on the PBS series Austin City Limits, ending with an especially rowdy version of "Talk On Indolence." [8]

On February 9th, 2010 it was announced the group would play Bonnaroo Music Festival via the festival's Myspace page.



Other Album Appearances

  • Live at KEXP Vol.5- "The Weight of Lies" (2009) [1]


External links

None recognized before
AMA Duo/Group of the Year
Succeeded by
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
Preceded by
The Greencards
AMA New/Emerging Artist Of The Year
Succeeded by
Mike Farris

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