Among the branches of Bonnie Prince Billy/Will Oldham, Iron & Wine/Sam Beam, My Morning Jacket/Jim James and hell...even the Cave Singers, are Scott and Seth Avett. Two brothers out of Concord, North Carolina, serving a platter of simple chords, cigar-laced voices, and honest tunes that seem to capture the root of what you'd want to hear when taking a road trip by yourself. It's not quite Americana or porch music and it isn't straight forward singer-songwriter or hillbilly tunes. It's simple music that strays just left of traditional folk and isn't easily made. Maybe the San Fran Chronicle got it right with their description of what they heard: "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."
Ditching their old rock band called Nemo, Seth and Scott acquired Bob Crawford (stand up bass) and now hail as the Avett Brothers. Their first album as "The Avett Brothers" was released back in 2000. Four years and already six albums deep, the trio released Mignonette with one of my favorite Avett Brothers tunes.
The Avett Brothers - Swept Away
Now, eight years and ten albums later, The Avett Bros. are about to release their 11th album, Second Gleam, from Ramseur Records. Never heard of that label? No worries. Dolph Ramseur runs this small management and record label out of North Carolina and has a lineup of artists that would knock your socks off...if you're into traditional old-time porch music like one of the bands he manages, The Carolina Chocolate Drops - ah yes, now the small world just got smaller. Moving on...
here is a new release from the North Carolina brothers
The Avett Brothers - Murder in the City