The Avett Brothers’ music, hailing from Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, 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. Although siblings Scott (vocals, banjo) and Seth (vocals, guitar) began making music together as children, their group’s genesis began when they were members of Nemo, a rock band that gigged regularly in Greenville, North Carolina.
As fate would have it, a Nemo side project titled “the Back Door Project” became what Seth and Scott decided was as fun and satisfying as their rock band. Guitarist John 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. After the break up of Nemo, Seth and Scott decided to make the Avett Brothers their new priority. They amicably parted ways with Twomey and added upright bassist and vocalist Bob Crawford to the combo. Alongside cellist Joe Kwon, that combo now mixes indie rock, bluegrass, ragtime, and honky for a sound that somehow creates a raw sadness, light pop, tuneful jangles, and exciting energy. Couple this energy with their poetic lyrics and clarion voices and the band seems unstoppable and widely adored.