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The Avett Brothers

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/03-Paranoia-in-B-Flat-Major.mp3|titles=Paranoia in B-Flat Major]The Avett Brothers have been a constant in the modern folk scene for the last decade. Following the release of their sixth full-length album, I and Love and You, they have finally gained international recognition.

Scott and Seth Avett, brothers from Concord, North Carolina, combine elements from several different genres including folk, country, bluegrass, and rock to create an original sound. Whether it’s with a soft piano or a heavily plucked banjo, the group is able to produce some beautiful melodies.

With their standout release “Murder in the City” from the EP The Second Gleam, the group created a music video that was both simple and honest. Two brothers with acoustic guitars, singing about their loved ones in the event of their passing. Both brothers sing with such passion and you can see it on their faces with every line. The cutest moment is by far when the lyrics mention one brother getting in trouble, while the other seemed to get away with everything. The brothers smile at each other, insinuating that they both believe they were the brother who got in trouble. This is followed by their reminiscing of their father’s words “I love you and I’m proud of you both in so many different ways,” which is laced with a beautiful harmony filled with emotion.

At the Grammy’s this past year, the Avett Brothers performed with Mumford and Sons and Bob Dylan. This was the first time they had made a major television appearance, and their beautiful performance of caught the attention of many viewers. The band has been gaining momentum relentlessly since their memorable performance of “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise.”

Each brother sings with so much passion and energy, and when their voices come together for harmony, it’s just amazing. But it’s not perfect, its real and it’s raw, which is better than perfect in my opinion. In “Paranoia in B-Flat Major,” one of the brothers lets out a loud scream before the tempo really picks up. But then right after this, it goes back to another classic Avett Brothers soft harmony.

Give a few of these tunes a listen, and tell me what you think. If they’re not your style and you don’t really enjoy the music, at least respect their honesty and professionalism. They are one of the few artists who have stayed true to their craft while attempting to make it into the mainstream. Here’s hoping you love them, and that those three words aren’t hard to say.[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/01-I-And-Love-And-You.mp3|titles=I And Love And You]



  • Anonymous

    Despite not being my style, I do agree that they have great harmony. The video attached has a very soothing sound.

    • http://twitter.com/ryanhancock9 Ryan Hancock

      Yeah man, it’s very calming haha

  • Chris Elliott

    Nice job dude. I remember that performance with Dyland and Mumford well. Really impressed with these guys. This calls for yet another full-album download thanks to you and your enlightening. Love your taste in music, man. As you already know, anything “Folky” that you post is always a treat for me. Thanks for this!

    • http://twitter.com/ryanhancock9 Ryan Hancock

      Yeah man thank you! I thought you would like these guys. Download the album Emotionalism.

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