The Avett Brothers
Thanks to relentless touring, a ferocious performance ethic and some flat-out kickass songs, the Avett Brothers have recently exploded onto the Americana scene. The young, mostly acoustic trio from Greenville, North Carolina comprises Scott and Seth Avett on banjo, guitar, and vocals, and honorary brother Bob Crawford on upright bass; they play Appalachian-style string band music with punk-rock abandon. If there was ever a band to make jaded rock 'n' rollers fall in love with acoustic music, it's the Avetts. From high and lonesome balladry to hip-hop inflected screamers to sweet, pop-grass harmonies, their sound spans styles and eras but always retains a disarming sense of honesty, passion and joy.