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The Avett Brothers @ Jam on the River 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
The Avett Brothers

To our dearest fans,

Since we first performed as The Avett Brothers, we have been fortunate enough to find and build a genuine and mutual respect with those who care to listen. It is this kind exchange that champions our music, and allows us the forum to continue on our path, with this work, this art. We believe this to be an appropriate time for a brief update, as we would like for you all to know of the most noteworthy of present developments.

We have recently begun working on a new full length album with Rick Rubin. The recording process has been,and will no doubt continue to be,an experience defined by heightened levels of commitment and conviction. It is our distinct pleasure and honor to be in such fine company as we build and bring this most current chapter of songs to fruition.

With this union has come another, as we have just completed and signed an agreement with American/Columbia Records,the label with whom we will proudly release our next record. It is our sincere hope, in regard to this news,that our ongoing relationship with Ramseur Records is understood. There have been, and will be no hard feelings or abandon-based resentment from either party involved. The Avett and Ramseur camps remain strongly and truthfully connected, both personally and professionally. There has been no change in these matters through this momentous transition.

For all of you who have gone to such great lengths to show your appreciation, we continue in our most sincere efforts to return the sentiment. The music would go nowhere without you. Our hearts and our minds are on the recording of this next album, and we look forward with great anticipation to sharing it with you all. Until then, thank you as always, and we will see you somewhere on that open road...

Sincerely,
The Avett Brothers
July, 2008

The Avett Brothers are playing a free show at Rockefeller Park in NYC this Wednesday July 9th. Some videos and all tour dates below....

The Avett Brothers - Talk On Indolence

The Avett Brothers - Die Die Die

The Avett Brothers - 2008 Tour Dates
Jul 9 - River to River Festival New York, New York
Jul 10 - Bottle & Cork Dewey Beach, Delaware
Jul 11 - All Good Festival Masontown, West Virginia
Jul 12 - Paramount Center For The Arts - SOLD OUT! Bristol, Tennessee
Jul 18 - Master Musicians Festival Somerset, Kentucky
Jul 26 - Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary, North Carolina
Jul 27 - FloydFest Floyd, Virginia
Jul 29 - Higher Ground Burlington, Vermont
Jul 31 - Outerland Edgartown, Massachusetts
Aug 1 - Shangri-La Music Festival Blue Hill, Maine
Aug 2 - Pearl Street Northampton, Massachusetts
Aug 3 - Newport Folk Festival Newport, Rhode Island
Aug 17 - Jackson Hole Music Festival Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Aug 19 - Strings Music Pavilion Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Aug 20 - The Depot Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug 22 - Big Easy Concert House Boise, Idaho
Aug 23 - Secret House Vineyards Veneta, Oregon
Aug 24 - Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre Portland, Oregon
Aug 27 - Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, Washington
Aug 28 - Britt Festival Jacksonville, Oregon
Aug 30 - Strawberry Music Festival Camp Mather, California
Sep 5 - Delta Fair & Music Festival Memphis, Tennessee
Sep 6 - Copper Dragon Carbondale, Illinois
Sep 7 - The Canopy Club Urbana, Illinois
Sep 10 - Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, Oklahoma
Sep 11 - Granada Theater Dallas, Texas
Sep 12 - Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark, Arkansas
Sep 14 - Monolith Festival Morrison, Colorado
Sep 19 - Jefferson Center - Shaftman Performance Hall Roanoke, Virginia
Sep 20 - Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville, Virginia
Sep 21 - Pier Six Pavilion - with the Drive By Truckers Baltimore, Maryland
Sep 25 - The Jupiter Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Sep 26 - War Memorial Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee
Sep 27 - Coyote's Music & Dance Hall Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 2 - Georgia Theatre Athens, Georgia
Oct 3 - Georgia Theatre Athens, Georgia

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Comments (36)

The term "pretentious" is often misapplied. This statement provides one occasion on which it can properly be applied.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 11:50 AM

Stay out of it, Rubin.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 11:51 AM

these good wholesome carolina boys are by no means pretentious.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 11:56 AM

good luck with that big ole major label dudes.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:06 PM

The term "irony" is often misapplied (we're looking at you ALANIS and assorted indie rock stylists who think wearing a Poison tshirt and liking traditionally uncool things defines irony).

You mon ami, have successfully defined pretense and irony in one fell swoop in your well written, however subtly condescending (look down our noses at pretense, perhaps?) commentary on this Avett Bros missive.

Fondly,

The Committee to Use Them Talkin' Words In Their Rightest Way

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:09 PM

Oh yeah, and the Avett Brothers are pretty awesome.

From the same committee above.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:13 PM

what time do these river to river shows start? it says 7pm, but wondering if they are actually gonna take the stage then.
trying to double up this show with fleet foxes later at bowery.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:16 PM

watched those youtubes, and wow do they suck.

is this what it has come down to some country bluegrass acts to sit through on a sweltering evening?

glad I wont be there. and glad they will be adding to suckiness of Rick Rubin's legacy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:23 PM

yeah, they start at 7, do you have an extra ticket to fleet foxes? i was wanting to do the same...

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:24 PM

By saying that I've successfully "defined" irony, do you mean that *my* comment was ironic? But I wasn't being ironic at all! All I was saying is that these guys are announcing their contract with a record label (OK, not just ANY record label: American/Columbia), yet making it sound like the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Magna fuckin' Carta all rolled up into one.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:24 PM

the avetts are awesome, you whiners are not.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:27 PM

It's ironic in the sense that while you were accusing someone of being pretentious, your comment was fairly pretentious itself.

What is interesting about the Avett Brothers, is that they are probably one of the least pretentious acts I could think of, but they did release a statement that was pretty well written (though darewesay not quite the magna carta) belying their normally grassroots outlook on things.

But if you want to comment on the letter only without really knowing the music, then cheers. HOWEVER you're missing out on some really good (and wholly unpretentious music).

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:30 PM

No, in fact they suck. No, really: check out their stuff on YouTube.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:30 PM

"It's ironic in the sense that while you were accusing someone of being pretentious, your comment was fairly pretentious itself."

But my friend, you've just proven my point that the term "pretentious" is too often misapplied...

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:34 PM

I don't need to, I've already seen them three times in concert. Get off of your computer chair, young viking! Experience the world (outside of Youtube)! Expand your view of non suckiness!

I didn't care about them when I heard the music, but seeing them play offhand at a festival last year really got me into it. They are fantastic live.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:34 PM

I love the Avett Brothers. Not very cool, but super catchy.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:36 PM

Nothing sounds good on YouTube.

Posted by J | July 8, 2008 12:38 PM

yeah, because youtube gives you the full experience. watch youtube and you know it all, right?! avett brothers are one of the best live acts. you troglodytes can keep your saavy youtube misanthropy

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:44 PM

self-correction: savvy

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:45 PM

"Get off of your computer chair, young viking!"

I do! Repeatedly! Sometimes I go to see live music! But usually not sucky bluegrassy music!

"Nothing sounds good on YouTube."

Now that's not true. Just for example:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=Nj6RBzqcaXg

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 12:45 PM

goddamn do I love the fucking avett brothers. they are a damn fine bunch of musicians. now if only i hadn't bought feist tickets as a gift to my damn girlfriend before i found out about the avett's show on the same damn night. goddammit.

Posted by Your Mom | July 8, 2008 1:00 PM

Sucky bluegrassy?

Well, I suppose, there's no accounting for taste.

Or suckiness.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 1:20 PM

Anon @ 12:45 - Her entire 'band' for this lipsynch performance is Lemmy from Motorhead - that's fantastic. Nice one.

Posted by edwyn the bear | July 8, 2008 1:31 PM

Im just happy Rubin aint messing with Dan Deacon.

Good going, Rick, I smell big success here, they gonna sweep the indie community, these dudes, LOL...

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 1:46 PM

roomate showed me this last night. i was bummed to seem them sign major. what a bummer. they are my favorite band right now, have been for some time. there's not much else to say. they are incredible. can't wait for the show, hope you didn't blow it up too much.

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 3:07 PM

Posted by Anonymous | July 8, 2008 4:27 PM

that show would've been nice to attend -- if it hadn't been moved inside to stuyvesant hs and filled to capacity by 715pm. thanks, river to river, for the top-notch venue planning!

Posted by jb | July 9, 2008 11:10 PM

These guys are terrible, they can't sing, all the really seem to be able to do is bang on that god forsaken banjo.

Posted by Fred Turk | March 7, 2009 12:36 AM

these guys suck beyond sucking. i wouldn't want to be within 20 miles of any of their pathetic banjo dirges.

Posted by claude | June 4, 2009 8:22 PM

these guys suck beyond sucking. i wouldn't want to be within 20 miles of any of their pathetic banjo dirges.

Posted by claude | June 4, 2009 8:22 PM

For a band obsessed with singing about breaking up with girls, these guys take themselves way too seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2009 12:36 AM

Dudes. Can't. Sing.
This is not talent.
This is earnest good looks.
Don't be fooled.
DUDES. CAN'T. SING.

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2009 12:52 AM

Don't worry, they won't 'blow up from being on a Major label' - you can guess why?

Posted by Toddd | October 9, 2009 10:57 AM

Gotta agree. There aren't many bands I can't stand but the Avett Brothers are one of them. It's either lame bluegrass or whiny, crybaby dirges with them. I wouldn't even mind THAT so much except that they suck as musicians and singers as well. For instance, that out-of-left-field interlude in Head Full of Doubt not only makes absolutely no sense in the musical context of the song, it sounds like it was written and performed by a precocious 8 year-old piano student.

I never thought I'd encounter a musical act more trite and pretentious than REM, but here they are. With so many phenomenal talents like KT Tunstall, Sarah Bareilles, Wilco, NeedToBreathe and Ingrid Michaelson out there, why are these posers even on the radio?

Posted by Jack | September 25, 2010 2:10 PM

to the poster Jack,
how the heck did "NeedToBreathe" get in that list of yours? That's craziness.

Totally agree with everything else you've said.

Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2010 2:30 AM

A friend of mine played some of their music for me yesterday from his iPhone, and I thought, this band sounds really awful - every song he played, I was thinking - what the hell?! There are a lot of really good musicians out there - check out CMJ New Music. That's where the really good artists end up. These guys are just a bunch of hype and appeal to people who have zero musical taste. Uggghh.

Posted by lori | November 1, 2011 9:24 AM

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