Artist of the Week: The Avett Brothers

This week’s WERS Artist Of The Week is the North Carolina based folk-rock band, The Avett Brothers, who are set to release a brand new album, The Carpenter, on September 11, 2012.

The earliest incarnation of the The Avett Brothers was a band called Nemo, which was formed by brothers Seth and Scott Avett back in the late 90s. The band released three albums before Nemo fell apart. The two Avett’s, however, decided to continue making acoustic music together and in 2002 they released the debut Avett Brothers album, Country Was. Around this time they added Bob Crawford on stand-up bass to the lineup and embarked on a self-booked tour. Throughout the next few years the group released two more records, 2003′s A Carolina Jubilee and 2004′s Mignonette. They also toured extensively and started to build a solid fanbase.

In 2007 they released their fourth record, Emotionalism, which brought the band’s career to a new level. The record reached number 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums chart and the group performed on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, which was their first national television performance. The record also gained the attention of Rick Rubin, who would produced the band’s next record.

The Rubin-produced,  I And Love And You, was released in September 2009 and was the album that turned the group into stars. The record peaked at 16 on the Billboard 200 chart and the group went on to perform at the Grammy Awards in early 2011.

The new Avett Brothers record, The Carpenter, will be released on September 11. The first single “Live And Die” is already a WERS favorite. It seems clear that The Carpenter will continue to show the talent and promise that The Avett Brothers hold.

By Mariel Wade

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