The Avett Brothers: New Kings of Southern Rock

December 15, 2010 | By | Comments (11)
The Avett Brothers—they’re the best thing to happen to Southern rock since “Free Bird.” This string-happy trio (brothers Scott and Seth Avett, and Bob Crawford), former indie rockers who found their niche in punk-inflected American folk rock (that’s right), know their way around a song.
“Pretty Girl from Raleigh” by the Avett Brothers

Seth Avett
No strangers to hard work (Scott and Seth grew up baling hay on their family’s North Carolina farm), the boys have built their fan base the old-fashioned grassroots way—one jam session, handshake, music festival, and 100-city string of gigs at a time.

Scott Avett and Bob Crawford
We recently spent a day with the boys on the family farm, where Scott still lives in an apartment above the shed behind his parents’ house. These guys are rock stars, make no mistake. They sell out concert halls worldwide. Girls scream their names. But after an afternoon with them, shooting hoops on the cracked concrete pad, playing “dress-up” with an endless supply of Scott’s hats, goofing off on a rust-lacquered scooter uncovered in the barn, you realize they’re still just good ole Carolina boys. Playful at heart. Devoted to their (growing) families. With an almost-umbilical link to this Piedmont landscape. It’s easy to imagine the pre-rock star versions running heels-to-bottom through pastures and building forts in the woods.

Avett Brothers

And that’s what sets them apart from other road warriors of this genre. They aren’t just rockers with
a Southern sound. Their sound (whinnied bluegrass, soulful harmonies, story-rich songwriting to make a country singer swoon, fist-pumping hooks) continues to evolve. They are Southern. In all the ways that matter. And did we mention that they rock? Seriously rock.

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    October 27, 2012 at 1:01 am
  2. Tiffney

    My name is Tiffney and I am handling marketing and Online PR for the first-ever Rock Legends Cruise. Headlining this 5 day cruise will be “That little ol’ band from Texas,” Rock and Roll Hall of Famers ZZ Top and George Thorogood and The Destroyers who bring their “Bad To The Bone” approach to the high seas.
    We were wondering if you could possibly give this once in a lifetime vacation any press on your blog in exchange for some autographed CDs, autographed pictures and posters from the many performers of this Cruise?
    Rock Legends Cruise is slated to depart Fort Lauderdale on December 1 of this year aboard The Royal Caribbean Line’s Liberty of the Seas. The unprecedented cruise will benefit NAHA’s mission to provide emergency assistance and self- help programs to the Sioux Native Americans living on reservations in South Dakota.
    Along with ZZ Top and Thorogood, the Rock Legends Cruise includes multiple performances from John Kay and Steppenwolf, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dickey Betts &Great Southern, Foghat, Johnny Winter, Molly Hatchet, Devon Allman’s Honeytribe, The Outlaws,Blackfoot, Pat Travers, and SwampDaWamp.
    It is expected that upwards of 3,200 music fans will be aboard the ship, one of the most biggest, fastest and luxurious passenger vessels in service today, served by a crew of 1,300 on 18 decks. With a gross tonnage of 160,000, it can truly be said that the rock-themed benefit voyage will be a “heavy” experience for both bands and fans. The ship, almost as long as four football fields, cruises at 21.6 knots, is scheduled for port stops in the Bahamas that include Coco Cay and Nassau.
    Any admat banners or videos needed to promote this Cruise are located at Please email me if you are interested and have a great day!
    Thank you for your consideration,

    April 27, 2011 at 12:26 am
  3. Brian

    I am having the same problem as bnycastro. Everything appears to be fine, but it is not showing up. What is even stranger is that I have another blog with the same Minima template base, and it installed just fine.

    February 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm
  4. ductapenlace

    yeah Joe is my fav! I wanted his bow string after the concert but he said he had already tossed it…or them! Joe is badass and I think he is really CUTE!

    January 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  5. Rebecca Teffeteller

    I saw these amazingly talented guys last year at the House of Blues in Chicago and they brought the house down, seeing them again in just a few weeks in South Bend, Indiana. Thank you Southern Living for featuring such a talented group of southern gents. For those who like them, buy your tickets early when they come to your town, they generally sell out.

    January 4, 2011 at 9:09 am
  6. dirtydan

    That’s not Southern Rock in my book. Sounds like someone was hurting as he was singing.

    December 31, 2010 at 9:38 am
  7. Jennifer Mosely

    Saw them in ATL last year and now their coming to Athens and can’t wait!Funny how Seth looks so different when he does anything (cut/grow) his hair and (cut/grow) beard! Where as with Scott, I can always tell it is him no matter what he does with his look! Love them!

    December 30, 2010 at 10:02 am
  8. Sarah

    I agree…what about Joe Kwon? Why no mention or pic of Joe? He is AMAZING!!!!!

    December 26, 2010 at 2:48 pm
  9. fab

    What about Joe Kwon???

    December 26, 2010 at 2:46 pm
  10. Jennifer

    They’ll be playing in Asheville, NC, on New Year’s Eve. You can see their full tour schedule at

    December 15, 2010 at 4:50 pm
  11. Macs

    Do they have a tour schedule? Where they be heard? Sounds like fun.

    December 15, 2010 at 4:37 pm

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