The Avett Brothers

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The Avett Brothers
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The Avett Brothers at the Outside Lands 2009
Background information
OriginConcord, North Carolina
GenresFolk rock
Indie rock
Indie folk
Folk
Roots rock
Neo-folk
Bluegrass
Years active2000–present
LabelsRamseur Records
American/Columbia Records
Associated actsNemo
Oh What A Nightmare
Timothy Seth Avett as Darling
New Jersey Transient
Paleface
Websitehttp://theavettbrothers.com
MembersSeth Avett
Scott Avett
Bob Crawford
Joe Kwon
 
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The Avett Brothers
Flickr - moses namkung - Avett Brothers 5.jpg
The Avett Brothers at the Outside Lands 2009
Background information
OriginConcord, North Carolina
GenresFolk rock
Indie rock
Indie folk
Folk
Roots rock
Neo-folk
Bluegrass
Years active2000–present
LabelsRamseur Records
American/Columbia Records
Associated actsNemo
Oh What A Nightmare
Timothy Seth Avett as Darling
New Jersey Transient
Paleface
Websitehttp://theavettbrothers.com
MembersSeth Avett
Scott Avett
Bob Crawford
Joe Kwon

The Avett Brothers /ˈvɨt/ is an American band from Concord, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Scott Avett (banjo) and Seth Avett (guitar), as well as Bob Crawford (double bass) and Joe Kwon (cello). Mike Marsh (drums), Tania Elizabeth (violin) and Paul Defiglia (keyboard) are touring members of the band, with Kwon featured on recordings from 2007's Emotionalism and later.

Following on from Seth and Scott's former rock band Nemo, the Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, indie rock, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a novel 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]

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

Although they have played music together since childhood, the brothers Scott and Seth Avett truly began their partnership in the late 1990s with the merger of Seth's Mount Pleasant high school rock band, Margo, and Scott's college group, Nemo. Seth's band Margo had released a song "Dumbfight" on a compilation album before merging with Nemo. After releasing three albums under the "Nemo" moniker, the Avetts started experimenting with acoustic music with some friends at night.[2] After a few street performances and get-togethers they dubbed “The Back Porch Project” or “Nemo Downstairs,” the brothers and Nemo guitarist John Twomey put together The Avett Bros., a self-titled EP, in 2000.[3]

As Nemo fell apart, Scott and Seth continued to write acoustic music together. With the early 2002 addition of stand-up bassist Bob Crawford, formerly of The Memphis Quick 50, the band released their first full length album Country Was.[4] The Avett Brothers set out on a self-booked tour to promote the new album and in late 2002 began preparations for a follow-up.[5]

With Ramseur Records[edit]

After releasing a live record of originals and covers titled Live at the Double Door Inn,[6] the brothers settled down to compile a new full length album. During this time, the band began a partnership with Dolph Ramseur, a local label owner who had been impressed by the group's live show and original material.[7] After 70 hours in the studio, 2003's A Carolina Jubilee became the band's first release on Ramseur Records. Unlike their previous albums, A Carolina Jubilee demonstrated the band's genre-crossing writing and performing abilities.[8]

The band playing at Pickathon 2006, Portland, Oregon

In 2004, The Avett Brothers released their next album, titled Mignonette. The new CD featured polished harmonies, introspective lyrics and a sense of dedication that pushed the band to new heights.[9] Live, Vol. 2, recorded at both the Neighborhood Theatre and King's Baracade in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, followed in 2005 and spanned material from their career up to that point.[10] In early 2006 they released Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions to much acclaim.[11] During extensive touring in support of the album, Scott and Seth Avett produced The Gleam, an EP of intimate, stripped-down recordings which was released in September of that year.[12]

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

The band released Emotionalism on May 15, 2007. It debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums chart, No. 134 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 13 on the Independent Artist Chart.[13] In support of the album, the band made their national television debut on May 12 on Late Night with Conan O'Brien where they performed "Paranoia in B-Flat Major."[14] Emotionalism marked the first appearance of cellist Joe Kwon, who has since become a full-time touring and recording member of the band.[15]

On November 1, 2007 The Avett Brothers won the Americana Music Association Duo/Group of the Year and New/Emerging Artist of the Year awards.[16] In July 2008 the band released The Second Gleam, another stripped-down acoustic album like 2006's The Gleam.[17] Also in July 2008, the band announced they had chosen Rick Rubin to produce their next album and were now signed to his American Recordings label.[18]

With Rick Rubin[edit]

From September 8 to October 8, 2009, the Avett Brothers released 13 short videos describing their music and fans in anticipation of their upcoming album, I and Love and You. The videos include clips from past concerts, fan interviews and interviews with the members of the band. The Avett Brothers were named "the Artist to Watch of 2009" by Rolling Stone magazine.[19]

I and Love and You was released on September 29, 2009 and peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200 best selling albums, No. 8 in best selling digital albums, No. 7 in rock albums, and No. 1 in folk albums.[20] In the wake of the album's release, the Avett Brothers made the rounds on late-night TV, including appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman,[21] The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,[22] and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[23] On January 21, 2010, the band was featured on the long-running PBS series Austin City Limits.[24] Later that same year, they performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.[25] In January 2010 drummer Jacob Edwards was added to the Avetts' touring lineup.[26]

In the fall of 2010 the band released their first DVD, Live, Volume 3. Also released on CD, the performance was recorded the previous year during the band's homecoming concert at Charlotte, North Carolina's Bojangles Coliseum.[27] In early 2011 Avett Brothers bassist Bob Crawford learned that his daughter Hallie had a seizure due to a brain tumor. He took a hiatus from the band and was temporarily replaced by Langhorne Slim bassist Paul Defiglia.[28] Bob returned to play with The Avett Brothers on the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011, playing "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise" before joining Mumford and Sons and Bob Dylan for a performance of "Maggie's Farm."[29] After successful treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital his daughter's condition stabilized and he returned to the band. The band kept Defiglia on as a touring member, playing organ, double bass, and keyboard.[30]

In 2011 the band began the demo process for the followup to I and Love and You for a 2012 release, produced again by Rick Rubin. 24 songs were recorded.[31] On June 26, 2012 The Avett Brothers released a preview on NPR music of the single, slated for a July 3, 2012 release, "Live and Die". With this they announced they would release their sixth album The Carpenter on September 11, 2012.[32] It debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 and was nominated for Best Americana Album Grammy at 55th annual Grammy Awards.[33] Jacob Edwards left the band in December 2012.[26] Mike Marsh, formerly the drummer of Dashboard Confessional who recorded songs from I and Love and You, joined the band as a touring member at their annual New Year's Eve show in 2012.[34]

The Avett Brothers perform at the Bottlerock music festival in Napa, California in May 2013

On June 12, 2013 The Avett Brothers announced the followup companion to The Carpenter to be released in the fall of 2013.[35] On July 27 at the Newport Folk Festival, The Avett Brothers announced that this new album would be called Magpie and the Dandelion and would be released in October 2013. On August 8, 2013 The Avett Brothers announced via NPR that Magpie and the Dandelion, which consisted mostly of songs recording during The Carpenter sessions, would be released on October 15, 2013,. The NPR announcement also premiered their new single "Another is Waiting."[36] The album was released to generally warm reviews and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 during its first week.[37] Tania Elizabeth, who had recorded with the Avetts during the Magpie and the Dandelion sessions, began touring with the band on November 21, 2013.[38]

At the end of May 2014 Seth Avett and Bob Crawford mentioned in different interviews they are currently in the demo recording process for their next Rick Rubin produced album, due out in Spring of 2015.[39]

Members[edit]

Permanent members[edit]

Touring members[edit]

Previous members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Full-length albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Other album appearances[edit]

Music videos[edit]

YearVideoDirector
2002"November Blue"
2007"Paranoia in B-flat Major"
2007"Die Die Die"
2008"Murder in the City"
2009"I and Love and You"
2009"Slight Figure of Speech"Jody Hill[41]
2010"Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise"
2012"Live and Die"
2013"February Seven"Danny Clinch
2013"Another is Waiting"Scott Avett[42]
2014"Morning Song"Michael Bonfiglio[43]

Other appearances[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

References to, and lyrics from, the Avett Brothers feature prominently in Slammed, a New York Times best-selling romance novel by Colleen Hoover.[45]

The band is also referenced in the television show Dexter in season 6, episode 10 titled "Ricochet Rabbit."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richardson, Derk (2007-08-09). "Avett Brothers honor North Carolina roots, but look forward". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  2. ^ "From Nemo To Avett". FolkThisBlog.com. 5/11/12. Retrieved 5/31/14. 
  3. ^ "For the Avett Brothers, progress means looking back and slowing down". FretboardJournal.com. Winter 2010. Retrieved 6/2/14. 
  4. ^ "The Avett Brothers: From Nemo Back Porch Project at parties to three-night run at HOB". SCNow.com. 8/6/10. Retrieved 5/31/14. 
  5. ^ "The Avett Brothers wow audiences, fans and critics with their infectious sets". AXS.com. 5/27/14. 
  6. ^ "The Avett Brothers: Live at the Double Door Inn". TheAvettBrothers.com. Retrieved 5/31/14. 
  7. ^ "Dolph Ramseur: The secret behind the Avett Brothers' success". WFAE.org. 5/27/10. Retrieved 5/31/14. 
  8. ^ "Bluegrass with emotion and charm". MailTribune.com. 8/4/06. 
  9. ^ "The Avett Brothers - Mignonette". PasteMagazine.com. 10/1/04. 
  10. ^ "A Form for the Mess: The Avett Brothers’ Live Volume 2". BrooklynRail.com. 7/1/05. 
  11. ^ "The Avett Brothers' Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions". IndyWeekly.com. 3/1/06. 
  12. ^ "The Avett Brothers: The Gleam". PopMatters.com. 10/24/06. 
  13. ^ "The Avett Brothers - Chart history". Billboard.com. 
  14. ^ "The Avett Brothers: From Conan to the Troc". DelawareOnline.com. 5/12/07. 
  15. ^ "Catching Up with Joe Kwon of The Avett Brothers". HomegrownMusic.net. 3/14/08. 
  16. ^ "Griffin, Avett Brothers big winners at Americana Awards". USAToday.com. 11/1/07. 
  17. ^ "The Avett Brothers, The Second Gleam EP". Pitchfork.com. 8/8/08. Retrieved 5/31/14. 
  18. ^ "Avett Brothers Recording New Album with Rick Rubin". Spin.com. 7/7/08. 
  19. ^ Avett Brothers: Rolling Stone "2009 Artists to Watch" List, Groovehouse, 9 September 2009.
  20. ^ I and Love and You - The Avett Brothers, Billboard.
  21. ^ "Watch the Avett Brothers Perform "I and Love and You" on David Letterman :: Movies :: News :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  22. ^ "The Avett Brothers: 'Laundry Room' (Live on Craig Ferguson - Video | Prefix". Prefixmag.com. 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  23. ^ Sara Schaefer (2009-11-19). "The Avett Brothers Perform "Slight Figure of Speech" - Music". Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  24. ^ "Video: The Avett Brothers / Heartless Bastards | Watch Online | PBS Video". Video.pbs.org. 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2013-02-25. 
  25. ^ "Full Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Includes Jay-Z, Kings Of Leon, More". MTV.com. 2/9/10. Retrieved 5/31/14. 
  26. ^ a b "Jacob Edwards - About". JacobEdwards.com. Retrieved 5/31/14. 
  27. ^ Temple, Emily (12/15/10). "The Avett Brothers: Live, Volume 3". AmericanSongwriter.com. Retrieved 5/31/14. 
  28. ^ "Building momentum: The Avett Brothers". Creative Loafing, Charlotte. 9/19/12. 
  29. ^ "Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers and Bob Dylan". Grammy.com. 2/13/11. Retrieved 5/31/14. 
  30. ^ "Concert review: Avett Brothers sound is finally complete". Kentucky.com. 11/25/13. 
  31. ^ "Q&A: The Avett Brothers' Scott Avett on Confronting Tragedy for 'The Carpenter'". 
  32. ^ July 6th, 2012, 11:36 am (2009-09-29). "The Official Avett Brothers Site". The Avett Brothers. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  33. ^ "The Avett Brothers: Together Through Life". AmericanSongwriter.com. 11/25/13. 
  34. ^ "Mike Marsh Back on Drums with The Avett Brothers". SpatialOrientation.com. 12/31/12. 
  35. ^ http://news.radio.com/2013/06/12/the-avett-brothers-interview-new-album-kanye/#.Ubii2q1uyXY.twitter
  36. ^ http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/08/08/209566656/the-avett-brothers-you-werent-waiting-long-but-another-album-is-coming?sc=tw&cc=twmp
  37. ^ "The Avett Brothers: Magpie And The Dandelion". AVClub.com. 10/15/13. 
  38. ^ "Live review: Avett Brothers, Time Warner Cable Arena (12/31/2013)". Creative Loading Charlotte. 12/31/13. 
  39. ^ "Sound Check: Avett Brothers expand repertoire, performance philosophy". MacombDaily.com. 5/31/14. 
  40. ^ a b "Live and Direct". Wyep.org. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  41. ^ Vimeo.com - the avett brothers :: 'slight figure of speech'
  42. ^ Smith, Grady. "See The Avett Brothers' 'Another Is Waiting' music video -- EXCLUSIVE". Retrieved 10/2/13. 
  43. ^ https://twitter.com/theavettbros/status/441357009770663936
  44. ^ A Chef's Life: About the Show
  45. ^ "How The Avett Brothers Kindled the Career of a Self-Published Author". MediaBistro.com. 6/7/12. 

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Awards
First
None recognized before
AMA Duo/Group of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant
Preceded by
The Greencards
AMA New/Emerging Artist Of The Year
2007
Succeeded by
Mike Farris