The Avett Brothers, The Magpie and the Dandelion
The Avett Brothers are a contemporary alt-folk and alt-country act that owe a great deal to some of the great folk/rock acts of the past. Both Scott and Seth Avett often sound like Neil Young when they are singing and their arrangements are strongly reminiscent of The Band.
The brothers share vocals, while Seth plays guitar and Scott plays banjo. The line up is filled out with upright bass and cello.
The Avett Brothers have released eleven albums since their formation in 2000, including three live albums. Their latest release is The Magpie and the Dandelion, released in October, and includes Another is Waiting, featured in the video clip below.
The Magpie and the Dandelion and it’s predecessor, The Carpenter, were both born from the same sessions and produced by Hip-hop supremo Rick Rubin. Rubin has of course also produced albums by Mick Jagger, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and Tom Petty, amongst others.
The Avett Brothers see themselves as heirs to the tradition of Americana from artists like The Band, Neil Young, Emmylou Harris etc. and are happy to accentuate their rustic roots. As such, they should appeal to a very wide audience.
By Max Power