Despite the fact that the Avett Brothers’ most current album is titled True Sadness, their gentle, effortless voices manage to evoke emotions from one end of the spectrum to the other. The band’s legacy dates back to 2002, with over 10 albums filled with songs from happy to haunting to heartbreaking. Starting in North Carolina, brothers Scott and Seth Avett began making music as children and played gigs around Greenville, NC. After coining their weekly local jam sessions called “The Black Door Project,” this sibling partnership eventually blossomed into the American folk band we all know and love.
The band’s music is a complex variety of happiness and sadness; joyfulness and heartbreak. True Sadness pulls listeners’ hearts in all different directions, delving into the ups and downs we experience throughout life. In an interview with the Santa Barbara Independent, band member Bob Crawford said that True Sadness is “this idea to me that the human heart, human soul is so complex that we are somehow capable of feeling incredible joy and incredible sorrow at literally the same time.” This pretty much sums up how I felt listening to the album — from the upbeat, energetic tone of “Ain’t No Man” to the slow, nostalgic vocals of Fisher Road to Hollywood.
On first listen, the lively acoustics, smooth vocals and occasional haunting chords reminded me of several artists I grew up with. It was no surprise to me that the band was invited to perform alongside Bob Dylan and Mumford & Sons at the 2011 Grammy Awards. If you’ve listened to the band before, you know the folky mood and relatable content of their songs brings positive vibes and is perfect from any occasion — from road trip to jam session.
Alongside the two brothers, band members Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon are touring around the U.S. — from California to Carolina. But no need to chase them all over the country; this American folk band will make Columbia their home for The 2018 Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival.
After you grab your tickets, be sure to check out their YouTube VEVO page. Their videos are just as passionate as their music… you won’t be disappointed.