Wednesday, April 03, 2013

The Avett Brothers: The Carpenter

"'Don’t let the banjo fool you,' says Rick Rubin. 'The Avett Brothers transcend any genre.' Rubin, who produced the Avett Brothers’ new album, The Carpenter (out this month), says the band’s songs are influenced by bluegrass, country, folk, and even punk. According to banjo player–singer Scott Avett, 'Growing up, I sat in our house with an eight-track tape player, listening to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Willie and Waylon. We lived in the country in North Carolina, and [there was] a lot of room to imagine and romanticize.' Guitarist-singer Seth Avett adds, 'Our influences may not seem obviously connected, but they make sense. They all have their place in our musical understanding — from Woody Guthrie to Mos Def, from Will Oldham to Louis Armstrong.' The Avett Brothers have a sizable and eclectic following based largely on their exuberant live shows. Along with their permanent stand-up-bass player, Bob Crawford, and a five-member touring band, the Avetts perform music that is rowdy yet emotional, and often touching. Television viewers in the U.S. may have gotten their first glimpse of the Avetts at the 2011 Grammys, when they performed with Dylan and Mumford & Sons" (Lisa Robinson, "Hot Tracks," Vanity Fair, 10/12).

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