This leads into another reason why the Avett Brothers are so unique. They not only come off as country boys that made it big, they are home-grown country boys that made it big. They grew up in Concord, NC, 30 minutes north of Charlotte, on a farm, raised by their parents. They have their roots planted all over my old stomping grounds. So I have come to this insightful conclusion. I proudly share the same stomping grounds as the Avett Brothers. That’s pretty amazing. These guys don’t talk about all the money they have, how drunk they get every night, dancing in the club, for goodness sake, I have listened to every song
of theirs and I have only found ONE curse word. A single curse word in 10 EPs and LPs. That is unheard of these days, when it seems artists are using the curse bleep as a part of the beat to their tune. Not only do they have clean mouths, they are clean cut. They are usually caught on stage wearing slacks, button-up shirts, ties, vests, and blazers. THE WORKS. The Avett Brothers not only make the best music out there, they are upstanding men who set a good example for all. The new album I and Love and You is still the same great Avett, contrary to what some of the naysayers out there are saying. They stray away from their conventional three piece set and expand their horizons by introducing a full drum set (not as much kick drum), violin, electric guitar (which makes is sole appearance in Pretty Girl From San Diego), and the electric bass. It seems as if they gained some diversity once they left the country and entered the “big time,” most notably electricity. Ha. Joke. The lyrics of this album are the most heartfelt of anything they’ve put out, which is evident on every song, but most clear on “I’ll With Want” and
“Head Full of Promise, Road Full of Doubt.” They don’t lose any of the flare that they are known for with tracks such as “Kick Drum Heart,” “Slight Figure of Speech,” and the most memorable one in “The Perfect Space.” Rick Rubin polished up these boys to reach their full potential.
These pictures are from their August 8th,2009 concert at Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte. They aren't the best quality but they are actual pictures. It was, hands down, the best concert that I have been to. And I’m not just saying that. The energy they bring to the stage is bar none.
The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
This is a new tune from I and Love and You with deep, meaningful lyrics. It was their first single for good reason. It was the first taste of the new album that us avid Avett followers got. It caught me off guard because it is slower and…no banjo? That’s right, just like much of the album, no banjo.
“ That women she’s got eyes that shine like a pair of stolen polished dimes.” This description is the most vivid of the album; it’s easy to sketch this image in your mind when listening to the song. Enjoy.
The Avett Brothers - Talk On Indolence
This song is very different from I and Love and You. It is off Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions which came out in 2006. Quite a different sound from the 2009 album, I’d say. The beginning is arguably one of the most creative of any song they have put out. It rivals the “folk rapped” part of “Slight Figure of Speech” on I and Love and You. Make sure to listen about 2:45 in, after you think it’s over, because the beat that they keep isn’t with drums. It’s an interesting way to build the beat back up, another Avett original.
I'd like to post one of the best cover songs arguably in history, by The Avett Bros. (of course). But they are covering The Boss. Gotta give it up to them for taking on the bold assignment. But they definitely do it justice.
This is also a neat little video, very simple, yet amazing in its own little way. Riding on a gondola in Jackson Hole, Mississippi. It makes me appreciate this song so much more.