We have this week for your listening pleasure, the melodious country-minded tunes from the Avett Brothers. The band is made up (primarily) of Scott and Seth Avett, who began musically in their native North Carolina in the late nineties, releasing their first self-titled EP in 2000. Since then, they have released seven full-length albums, four EPs, and three full-length live albums. They maintain a rigorous touring schedule, and though they favor blue-grass, roots oriented venues, they can hardly be called run of the mill country singers!
“Murder in the City” has the innocence of a child’s lullaby, the wisdom of a psalm and the placid instrumentation of a folk song:
The charming reel-like strains of “Live and Die” will be stuck in your head for at least ten days. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Don’t you love that pretty banjo???
And like all self-respecting country driven artists, they have a good amount of sorrowful tunes:
Another favorite of mine, “Die Die Die”: the bridge of which sounds slightly Paul McCartney-ish, don’t you think?
So now, dear reader, how would YOU classify the Avett Brothers?