Set to return to Nashville for the first time in a couple of years, when The Avett Brothers announced their show tonight, May 6 at Bridgestone Arena back in December, we hoped that meant new music would be on the way as well. Thankfully, that is indeed the case, as the group gear up to release their highly-anticipated ninth album, True Sadness, this June! Evolving from a folk-based, rock spirited North Carolina indie band to certifiable stars, The Avetts’ journey has been an astonishing one to watch over the last decade and a half. One thing has never changed though; their unparalleled, intense live show. Even in front of a big crowd, the group can absolutely connect and crank up the energy, and you can still grab tickets to this evening’s outing, which also includes Brett Dennen, right here! Grab yours now, and read on for details!
THE AVETT BROTHERS
Long before their breakthrough, 2007 fifth album Emotionalism helped make them a household name, North Carolina folk rockers The Avett Brothers were already striking a chord in the indie world, building up a rabid fanbase in pockets of the country like the southwest and southeast, where their earlier, largely self-sufficient efforts, a blend of folk, Americana, bluegrass, and indie rock, performed with a ferocity and punk spirit, helped prime a new musical landscape long before the Mumford & Sons of the world would come along and skyrocket it to the top of the charts.
Founded around 2000 by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, following the demise of their prior projects, and rounded out by bassist Bob Crawford and cellist Joe Kwon, The Avett Brothers found some early praise and even a few awards and mild chart success, before signing to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings and teaming up with the superproducer for their sixth LP, 2009’s I And Love And You. Rubin would go on to helm their subsequent efforts, including The Carpenter, the band’s highest chart performer to date, and since 2012, the four-piece band have added backing players to expand their ever-evolving palette, incorporating full drums, organs, violin, and more into their sound. Veterans of the festival circuit (and, these days, a top-billed act), frequent television guests (a 2011 Grammy appearance with Mumford & Sons and Bob Dylan helped boost their presence), and now an arena-sized touring act, The Avetts have benefitted from a newfound resurgence in folk rock, yet have been forging their own path for so long, that their unique, personal, and energetic approach seems immune to the fad’s decline.
The group’s long-awaited, highly-anticped ninth album, True Sadness, has been announced to arrive June 24, so expect to hear some new material (it’s said to feature the full seven-piece lineup in recording) on top of years of favorites!
We recently told you all about Brett Dennen in a Bonnaroo Band of the Day post, but here’s the cliff note version. Like The Avetts, Dennen hails from North Carolina, and draws from heavily folk rooted influences while blurring genre lines and incorporating plenty of rock and pop sensibilities. Brett’s self-titled, debut full-length arrived in 2004, and he’s since dropped a steady string of albums, earning critical praise, landing on the road with big name artists like John Mayer, and appearing at countless festivals. With so much pop accessibility, Dennen’s songs have found lots of crossover appeal, and he’s used his platform over the years to focus on many charitable causes. For his upcoming sixth album, Por Favor, due out May 20, Brett teamed up with famed Nashville producer Dave Cobb, and if first single “What’s the Secret?” is any indication, it could be his best effort to date!
The Avett Brothers and Brett Dennen will perform tonight, May 6 at Bridgestone Arena. The show is all ages, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available for $39.50-59.50.