We published our review of the Avett Brothers’ new record ‘Closer Than Together’ yesterday which it’s fair to say isn’t going to be on our writer Steven Rafferty’s albums of the year list. As an editor, it gave me palpitations as it’s (spoiler alert) absolutely one of mine. Rather than throw my toys out of the pram, Steven and I have exchanged emails on the record. This is how our discussion went. Continue reading “The great AUK Avetts’ new album debate”
North Carolina’s Avett Brothers consisting of two actual brothers (Scott and Seth) along with fellow bandmates have been around for almost two decades now, and each album becomes more musically accomplished than the last. The San Francisco Chronicle described them 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.” And if that is not an advert for a band, I don’t know what is. The lyrics of this particular track from their ‘True Sadness’ album: “I lay here pretending to sleep. Someone’s always asking for something of me. I try to hide but I’m stripped of my strength” just soar with elegance. It’s a work of beauty.
Days after the HBO debut in the States of the documentary “May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers”, the Avett Brothers’ latest album “True Sadness” has leapt up to #3 on the iTunes Album Chart and #1 on the Rock Albums chart (you can check out a trailer for the documentary below). Since Monday five of The Avett Brothers albums have jumped back onto the iTunes Overall Top 200 Albums Chart including “I And Love And You, The Carpenter, Magpie and the Dandelion, Live, Volume 3″ and “True Sadness.” If you’ve never heard them, they’re basically sweet bone crushing heartache in the form of a band. Continue reading “Avett Brothers’ albums soar in US following HBO documentary”
You can never get enough of the Avetts even when they’re singing something sad (which they normally are). Rolling Stone reports: “The Avett Brothers are among the most adept artists at delivering fresh takes on classic songs. At a recent show in Louisville, Kentucky, they paid tribute to late Cranberries vocalist Dolores O’Riordan with a cover of one of her band’s best-known songs, “Linger.” Continue reading “Avett Brothers cover the Cranberries – Watch”
So many ace performances coming out of Newport this year. Rolling Stone Country reports: “The Avett Brothers have become a mainstay at the Newport Folk Festival, and on Saturday afternoon at the legendary Rhode Island gathering, the group snuck in a personal tribute to friend and one-time collaborator Chris Cornell with a cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” Continue reading “Avett Brothers cover Soundgarden at Newport Folk Festival – Watch”
Who knew that a benefit gig for family farm agriculture could conjure up such a stellar line up? Rolling Stone report: “Farm Aid, the annual charity concert that has raised over $50 million since its 1985 inaugural show, is set to take place September 16th at Burgettstown, Pennsylvania’s KeyBank Pavilion. Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will perform in addition to Jack Johnson, the Avett Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Jamey Johnson, Blackberry Smoke, Valerie June, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and Insects vs. Robots. Continue reading “This year’s Farm Aid: Willie Nelson, Neil Young and more”
Imagine if you will your dream line-up for a single night out and it probably doesn’t get much better than this. Oh for Star Trek style transporters. RS Country reports: “Willie Nelson is assembling a genre-defying roster of artists for a new summer package tour. The Outlaw Music Festival Tour will kick off July 1st in New Orleans with Sheryl Crow, the Avett Brothers and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Bob Dylan, Jason Isbell, My Morning Jacket, Margo Price, Hayes Carll, and Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats will appear on select dates of the six-city run. Additional shows and artists are forthcoming. Continue reading ““Outlaw Music Festival Tour” announced with the best line-up ever”