The Avett Brothers 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.”
On June 12, 2013 The Avett Brothers announced the followup companion to The Carpenter to be released in the fall of 2013. 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.” The album was released to generally warm reviews and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 during its first week. Tania Elizabeth, who had recorded with the Avetts during the Magpie and the Dandelion sessions, began touring with the band on November 21, 2013.
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.
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