Friday, August 15, 2008

The Avett Brothers: The Other TAB

As mentioned in our Rick Rubin feature a couple weeks back, North Carolina's Avett Brothers have signed with Rubin's American/Columbia Records. Their first album for the label will be released in 2009. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform a daytime set at the '07 Asheville Music Jamboree at a time that I'd not yet heard of them. There were plenty of folks in Asheville though that were already diehard fans. I was mightily impressed with their high intensity set featuring a blend of bluegrass instrumentation and punk rock energy.

According to the Brothers' website, about their recently released follow-up EP to their critically praised 2007 Emotionalism album:
[The Second Gleam] was also the highest debut on CMJ’s Top 200 Chart at #39 and has moved up to #26 this week! The NY Daily News said that the album has "melodies as pure and pretty as a crystalline stream," and Performing Songwriter called it "mesmerizing." USA Today recently highlighted the track "Murder In The City" in their weekly playlist calling it "charmingly spare" and "Bella Donna," was recently chosen as the Top Tune at legendary LA-based radio station KCRW.
Take a listen to the beautiful ballad 'Living of Love', one of my favorite tracks on their Emotionalism album:

Also, check out the band's upcoming tourdates including two shows in Virginia and Maryland with The Drive By Truckers.

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