The Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series presents
The Avett Brothers
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
This event is FREE, and tickets are not required for general admission seating. Reserved seating is available for Midland College Friends of the Series and Distinguished Donors. For more information about these opportunities, please contact the Midland College Foundation Office at 432/685-4526.
The Avett Brothers’ music has roots in traditional folk and bluegrass, but also captures the high spirits and no-boundaries attitude of rock & roll—which is appropriate, since rock is where Scott Avett and Seth Avett first cut their teeth as musicians.
Scott (vocals, banjo) and Seth (vocals, guitar) began making music together as children; however, their group's genesis began when they were members of Nemo, a rock band that gigged regularly in Greenville, North Carolina. Looking for another outlet for their musical ideas, the Avetts began getting together with like-minded friends (most notably Nemo guitarist John Twomey) on Tuesdays for acoustic guitar pulls, where they'd share a few drinks and swap songs. As time passed, the weekly get-together (which was called "the Back Door Project" or "Nemo Downstairs") became a semi-public event, with the pickers busking for the enjoyment of passers-by, and Seth and Scott decided the new acoustic music they were making was as fun and as satisfying as their rock band.
Twomey and the Avetts decided to document their side project in 2000, and “the Back Door Project” was renamed The Avett Brothers with the release of a self-titled album that same year. In 2002, after a few months of playing live shows, the Avett Brothers recorded their second album, “Country Was.” The band hit the road to break in material for the next studio project, “A Carolina Jubilee,” released in 2003.
Over the next several years, The Avett Brothers maintained a busy and prolific schedule releasing several studio albums and live discs. In 2007, The Avett Brothers reached a new level of popularity with “Emotionalism,” their first album to make a dent on the Billboard charts. Rick Rubin took notice and signed the band to American Recordings, his own division of Sony BMG/Columbia, during the following summer.
In 2012, The Avett Brothers’ album “The Carpenter” debuted at number four on the Billboard Top 200 on its way to a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. On October 14, 2013, The Avett Brothers released “Magpie and The Dandelion,” which consisted of material recorded with Rubin during the sessions for “The Carpenter.”
The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk and ragtime to produce a sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the “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.”