Day 10 || The Avett Brothers
Genre: Folk Rock
Playing: Sunday, Aug. 4
Biography: The Avett Brothers are a band from Concord, North Carolina, consisting of (perhaps unsurprisingly) brothers Seth and Scott Avett, along with Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon. Although Seth and Scott had been playing music together their whole lives, they partnered together for their first professional band in the late 90s by merging Scott’s band from college and Seth’s band from high school. They first performed together under the name Nemo, and after some experimentation with acoustic music, the two brothers put on performances called “Nemo Downstairs” and the”The back Porch Project”. Soon, however, Nemo began to unravel but Seth and Scott continued to writer music, together releasing their first EP, The Avett Bros., in 2000. In 2002, the band added Bob Crawford, a stand-up bassist, to their lineup, and released their first album, Country Was.The band burned and assembled copies of the album themselves and self-booked the tour that followed the album’s release. Later in 20002 they released a live album entitled Live at the Double Door Inn and began planning a follow up album. Around this time, they began a partnership with Dolph Ramseur of local record label Ramseur Records. He helped them put together their second album, A Carolina Jubilee, in 2003. Just under a year later in 2004, the band released their third album Mignonette. Without any signs of stopping, the brothers kept on putting out a steady stream of released, including a 2005 live album entitled Live, Vol. 2, a stripped-down EP entitled The Gleam which was made during an extensive period of touring in 2006. Also in 2006, they released their fourth album, Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions, which was their first to feature electric guitar.
In 2007, the band released their fifth album, Emotionalism. The album marked a period of change for the band as they had just added cellist Joe Kwon to the group and began making strides towards increased popularity. These included appearing on television for the first time on Late Night With Conan O’Brien in 2007 and releasing a new EP, The Second Gleam, the same year. Most importantly, perhaps, the album caught the attention of star producer Rick Rubin, who signed them to his American Recordings label and produced their next album, 2009’s I and Love and You. The album was The Avett Brothers’s major label debut and, at that point, their greatest commercial success to date. Following the album’s release, the band kept busy by making even more television appearances, playing shows and festivals across the world, releasing their first live DVD, Live, Vol. 3. After spending more time away from recording, The Avett Brothers released their seventh album, The Carpenter, in 2012. Once again produced by Rick Rubin, the album was an even greater success for the band than I and Love and You. Not wanting to be outdone, the band kept busy by touring even more, performing at the Grammys with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan, and by releasing another album. Entitled Magpie and the Dandelion, the album continues the streak of the band’s past successes and is currently the album the group is touring behind.
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