Thursday, January 22, 2009

R.I.P. the way we used to go see The Avett Brothers

Photo taken by me at the Georgia Theatre in October.

Not to be a Negative Nancy or anything, but man, I hate it when a favorite band signs to a major label. :(

See below:



(dateline - New York – January 20, 2009; source: Columbia Records) – North Carolina based rock band The Avett Brothers have been tapped to support Dave Matthews Band on select dates this coming Spring. The Avett Brothers join the tour from April 22, in Raleigh, NC through May 6, in Phoenix, AZ (see below for full tour itinerary). The Avett Brothers have built up an impressive and loyal fan base with constant touring. This prolific band are renowned for their high energy live shows and incredible mix of eclectic musical styles. Last year alone The Avett Brothers played upwards of 150 shows, including notable appearances at Bonnaroo and MerleFest. On July 26, 2008 The Avett Brothers played to an impressive, sold-out, crowd of over 7,000 people at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, NC. 2008 culminated with 5 sold out holiday shows in Asheville and Charlotte, NC.

The Avett Brothers will be featured on the March/April cover of American Songwriter magazine talking for the first time about their upcoming release. The band has been working with Grammy winning producer Rick Rubin on the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2007 album Emotionalism. The Rubin produced album is expected to hit stores in Summer of ’09.

In late 2008, The Avett Brothers released The Second Gleam EP, which debuted at #82 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart. The EP garnered the band even more acclaim from such influential media as NPR and USA Today. The NY Daily News declared the EP to have “melodies as pure and pretty as a crystalline stream.”

The Avett Brothers on Tour (*not a Dave Matthews Band show)

April 22 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Pavillion at Walnut Creek
April 24 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
*April 26 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 28 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
April 29 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
May 1 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
May 2 Dallas, TX Center
May 5 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavillion
May 6 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavillion

I'd be THRILLED to be wrong about this, but I'd bet a lot of money that the next album won't be the same...


Rich said...

Rick Rubin is pretty awesome, but yeah. New album may be different, and the live show sure will be. You'd have to pay *me* to see the Avetts at a shed with DMB and their fans. No thanks.

Amy said...

I didn't read any of that, because I'm lazy, but you know the Avetts won't be all big arenas from here on out. It's a lucky break for them to get some exposure on such a big tour, but as much as I love them, they're not the kind of sound that's gonna suddenly be beloved by all the 15 year old girls at the mall.