The Avett Brothers are the folksy, rocking, alt/country with a tinge of bluegrass band from North Carolina. With such a diverse pedigree, is it any wonder the Rick Rubin took notice, signed them to his label, and produced their major label debut “I and Love and You”?
As mentioned, I and Love and You is the major label debut but actually finds The Avett Brothers in the double digits for their release total. They have released numerous albums as well as EP’s and live albums.
Loosely formed in 2000 just prior to be the end of Seth and Scott Avett’s rock band Nemo, the brothers are joined by Bob Crawford on stand up bass. Their self titled debut was release in 2000 and in 2002 released their first album “Country Was” as a full band.
In 2007 the Avett Brothers won the Americana Music Association Duo/Group of the Year award and 2007 Emerging Artist of the Year. In 2009 they opened for the Dave Matthews Band’s spring tour across the southern United States as well as an opening spot for Wide Spread Panic. And, to add to an already great year, Rolling Stone Magazine named The Avett Brothers “The Artist to Watch in 2009”.
While their major label is not a dramatic musical departure from their previous work, however, there is less reliance on banjo, with the exception of “January Wedding” while the piano plays a prominent role on this ballad heavy album. The album is sonically rich with harmonies provided by Scott and Seth. The melodies are tight and the musical arrangement has a certain level of complication but not in an overly dramatic fashion.
The Avett Brothers Discography:
- The Avett Bros.
- Country Was
- Live at the Double Door Inn
- A Carolina Jubilee
- Swept Away (EP)
- Live, Vol. 2
- Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions
- The Gleam
- The Second Gleam
- I and Love and You
Key tracks form I and Love and You:
- Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
- Ten Thousand Words
- I and Love and You
- Ill With Want
- Kick Drum Heart
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