Avett Brothers set to take Shryock stage

By Gus Bode

After months of anticipation from students and heavy promotion from Southern Lights Entertainment, The Avett Brothers will take the stage tonight.

Outback Concerts, a national and regional concert promoter, joined with SLE to help book the Brothers for their Carbondale return performance.

The concert, which was originally scheduled at the SIU arena, was moved to the more intimate Shryock Auditorium but kept its original 7:30 p.m. start time.


The folk-rock act is made up of brothers Scott and Seth Avett, who play banjo and guitar respectively, as well as stand-up bass player Bob Crawford, cellist Joe Kwon and drummer Jacob Edwards.

Though the North Carolina natives have recently received considerable coverage, the group released its debut, a self-titled EP, 11 years ago. They released their first studio album, “Country Was,” two years later. The vinyl release was burned and hand-assembled by band members, which is a testament to the act’s grassroots beginnings.

Rick Rubin produced the band’s major label breakthrough record, “I and Love and You,” which was released in 2009 and peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums. The album’s release was promoted by a series of short videos, which were recorded between Sept. 8 and Oct. 8, 2009, and  described the act’s music and fans.  The band’s live performances have become a staple of its artistry with its release of three live albums, the latest of which hit stores last year.

The Brothers have made a number of late-night circuit television appearances over the past few years including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” The band appeared on this year’s 53rd annual Grammy Awards playing their song “Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise” before joining fellow folk rockers Mumford and Sons and Bob Dylan for a performance of “Maggie’s Farm.”

The band just finished touring in Europe and kicked off the state-side leg of its tour in September, performing sold-out shows in Chicago, Dallas, Austin, Virginia and North Carolina.