Post by jimmaddogmattis on Jan 20, 2019 11:52:30 GMT -5
The Avett Brothers The Boys are Back in Town ('06, '08, '10, '12, '14, '19)
Bob Crawford, Scott Avett, Matt Marsh, Seth Avett, Joe Kwon (keyboardist left, replaced by eldest Avett sister, fiddlest is taking maternity leave, might be back for Roo)
Biog: Carolinian. Brothers Scott and Seth Avett were raised in a music family. In highschool/college they were in a post hardcore band, thankfully they moved on. Leaving the screamo world behind, they began working with more acoustic instruments, releasing the first Avett Brothers ep. Later adding Bob, a stand up guy, on stand up bass they released a full length and a live demo. In 2003 they released A Carolina Jubilee, showing more crossover appeal. In 2004 they released Mignonette with the single Swept Away (great song), more polished and larger in scale, it pushed them into the general consciousness, eventually charting with their next EP, The Gleam, in 2006. Coming off their previous successes, the Avetts hit the next gear with 2007's Emotionalism. The band added Kwon as cellist, and used more instruments in recording than previously. A follow up to their last EP, The Gleam II found the Avetts producing their own songs and what could be their best song. Armed with a more full sound and a growing batch of hits, the Avetts attracted the attention of the Rick Rubin (horror music intensifies). Rubin produced '09's I and Love and You, their highest charting album to date, and their partnership continued with more success (possibly at the expense of the music) with '12's The Carpenter, '13's Magpie & the Dandelion, and '16's True Sadness. The band has survived quite a bit between both brothers solo careers, Seth's divorce, and Bob's daughter's tragic brain tumor diagnosis (she's cancer free going on 4 years), and should be releasing new music in 2019.
From my limited research, they are the most decorated Bonnaroo artist of the year in terms of Roo appearances, making their 6th. Even with Phish's two 2-day appearances, they still come out ahead.
Sounds like: folk, bluegrass, southern rock, americana
Bands at Roo like: Lumineers, Musgrave, Pine, Brandi Carlile, Shovels & Rope, Trampled by Turtles
there's like an 80% chance they're part of the Opry in some capacity.
Choice Nugs: Tiny Desk: Laundry Room (I and Love and You), Down with the Shine (The Carpenter), Bella Donna (The Gleam II)
Paranoia in B Flat Major (Emotionalism)
Sanguine (The Gleam)
Roses and Sacrifice (new tunes, no fiddlist)
Live: Energetic, oozing band chemistry, the core 3 have been playing together a long time, with Kwon also being in a decade plus. Bringing back their sister should help bring back the feel of an older show, she features on a lot of early tracks. You will almost certainly hear Kick Drum Heart, I'm 5 for 5 myself, it's not my favorite but it's a knee slapper. They're definitely at their best when it's the brothers going back and forth with each other. I have never seen more tears at shows than the collective times I've seen Murder in the City live, it's just looking out at people crying everywhere, it just hits everyone. We saw them on father's day and they played it while their dad was on stage, just sobbing everywhere, he also jammed with them for a bit. I know that people don't like the direction the band has been taking in the studio, but the songs do feel better live. I heard an interview with the band prior to their ACL '14 show, and they talked about having to play to bigger audiences and the need to have louder songs to match. It's not as much of a main stage spectacle as Mumford, or as highly billed as Lumineers, but they have a much deeper set of songs to pull from and I think that's what makes it a better show. They have a well of people to have make appearances during their show, with acts in the Roo lineup covering Avett Brothers songs. They're my girlfriend's favorite band, and we have seen them four times (I saw them once before), so we would likely be at the show baring some really hard conflict, but in my opinion they're one of the better live bands on the bill.