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"The Avett Brothers are a non-traditional bluegrass band that originated in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Seth Avett and Scott Avett, and a third member Bob Crawford. Risen from the ashes of Seth and Scott's former rock band Nemo, The Avett Brothers combine old-time country, bluegrass, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk and ragtime to produce a sound described by The Washington Post as 'post civil-war modern rock', or by other reviewers as 'grungegrass'. The group themselves eschews labels, feeling that 'none would do the music the justice. It's simply left up to each person to extract his or her own account from the Avett's music.' Their live performances, generally at smaller venues, showcase their use of three-part harmony and southern rock feel, and are admired for being intense, energetic, and soulful."

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Bandega Interview with Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers (February 2010)

Adore Will Oldham with The Avett Brothers.

Q: How have your shows changed over the years? Has your perspective on performing live changed?
A: Ten years ago we were playing for no reason but that we loved it…period. Then, we loved it more and believed in what we were doing. Then we started campaigning to spread what we loved to do. We're doing less campaigning these days and just getting on stage and getting down. Short answer: we used to play to a lot of people that didn't care. Now, we play to a lot of people that do.

Q: Describe the most memorable live show you've played.
A: Crystal Ballroom. Portland, Oregan with Jessica Lea Mayfield. I believe it was 2008.

Q: What venue do you consider to be your "home", where you feel most comfortable, with the crowd and the place itself?
A: The neighborhood theatre in Charlotte, NC. Before that, Fat City in Charlotte (which Is a condo now).

Q: Describe the most enjoyable show you've ever experienced as a fan.
A: It's a tie between Faith No More, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Bruce Springsteen, and Helmet.

Q: You've mentioned in an interview a love for Will Oldham's music. When did you first hear his music and how has it affected who you've become as musicians?
A: I am sitting here looking at a stack of Will Oldham recordings. I always follow his changes and I think that his artistic freedom and confidence is a perfect example of what a master is like. He is ahead of his time though I doubt he thinks about it and he keeps me interested always...and so I basically admire the heck out of him. Every songwriter should study Will Oldham.

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