The Avett Brothers
Live, Volume 3
Their first major label release, I And Love And You, may have reflected more-mature production and craftsman-like arrangements, but live performances by The Avett Brothers retain the hard-driving, extremely loose, spirit and hillbilly-meets-punk amalgam of folk, country, rock and bluegrass that has brought the brother-led group to the forefront of contemporary acoustic music. Recorded before a hometown crowd, at Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, in August 2009, a month prior to the release of “I And Love And You,” the Avetts’ third live album documents the unabashed joy of their shows. The passion is sometimes overwhelming, such as when Scott Avett forgets the words of “The Ballad Of Love And Hate,” and is forced to stop and start again. Though the emphasis is on tunes from I And Love And You (“Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise,” “The Perfect Space”, “Kick Drum Heart,” and the title track), the 16-song set touches on every step of the Avett Brothers’ decade-long climb.
—Craig Harris (Chicopee, MA)
[Editor’s note: This performance on YouTube is not from the concert recorded on the CD, but it’s pretty much what you can expect from them in concert, not to mention one of the great songs by any artist in the past decade.]