The Avett Brothers were for a long time a band I heard about but never actually heard. This is weird for two reasons: (1) they'd been recommended to me by someone whose musical taste I trust absolutely, and (2) they're exactly the kind of band I like, branching not far from Dave Matthews Band and Ryan Adams on the musical tree. That finally changed Valentine's Day 2013, when I saw them perform at the Embassy Theatre here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Man, the energy these guys give off on stage is raw and vital and real, and I was a fan from the very first song.


In preparation for the show, I bought a couple of their CDs; after the show, it didn't take much time for me to own every record in their catalog. I'm sure, then, you can understand how excited I am that The Avett Brothers are returning to the Embassy Theatre on Tuesday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. to celebrate the end of the theatre's two-year-long renovation project. 

The Avett Brothers, who hail from Concord, North Carolina, play a kind of country/bluegrass music more akin to Hank Williams than to Blake Shelton - it retains that country soul lost to much of today's modern "pop" country but possesses a rock ‘n' roll edge that makes it unique. As I like to do with posts like these, here are my top five Avett Brothers tunes (in no particular order): 

  • "In the Curve"
  • "Left on Laura, Left on Lisa"
  • "Salina"
  • "Kick Drum Heart"
  • "Laundry Room"

These songs should give you a taste of what makes The Avett Brothers great (and you can find them on Spotify). 

We're just a little less than a month away from the concert, and I can't wait. As I was doing a little research for this post, I discovered The Avett Brothers have a new album, Pure Sadness, coming out in June, which means we should get to hear some new tunes at the show. Tickets are still available and range in price from $35 to $70.

I cannot say enough good things about The Avett Brothers live, and an intimate venue like the Embassy is the perfect place to see them. I'm actually catching the show with the person who recommended them to me those years back, who, ironically, has never seen them live. I'm glad I can finally repay her.