Avett Brothers Interview
kentkessinger | December 27, 2011 at 10:43 amby
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Seth Avett: Guitar and Vocals
Scott Avett: Banjo Kick drum and Vocals
Bob Crawford: Bass
Idiot: Where are your roots?
Scott: Seth and I grew up in Concord, north of Charlotte.
Idiot: I was talking music wise.
Scott: Seth and I started playing hard rock, things relative to some of the grunge acts like Alice and Chains, Soundgarden, and Nirvana.
Idiot: Someone told me you guys are like Nirvana only with bluegrass
Scott: That’s what we did before we picked up acoustic instruments. All three of us had a punk rock background than we each had an awakening of real American roots music.
Idiot: How did that happen?
Scott: Doc Watson.
Bob: I was from New Jersey and it was Doc Watson for me too. A friend brought me down to Merlefest one year. I saw him in New York for the first time.
Scott: He is no question an essential character. I saw him at the high school the first time.
Idiot: You saw Doc Watson and said this is the way to go?
Scott: It wasn’t so different from the melodies we did in Rock music; when you break it down. There are plenty of avenues and this is the one we are going down now.
Idiot: It gives you guys an edge because nobody else does it like that.
Scott: That was all luck, not planned.
Idiot: Who writes most of the songs?
Scott: It is a shared effort.
Idiot: The lyrics are good; you can’t pull lyrics like that out of your ass overnight.
Seth: We put a lot of time into that. We are the type of people that write every night.
Scott: We try to write things with a solid foundation of inspiration, or emotion.
Seth: Something we can get behind.
Idiot: What do you do for inspiration?
Scott: Wake up. It is there for the taking.
Idiot: Do you guys have any advice on songwriting?
Bob: I say just do it. Don’t be afraid to like what you write.
Seth: Don’t put a time limit on yourself. There aren’t really a lot of shortcuts for finding something you truly believe in.
Scott: Write about everyday things; don’t worry about trying to change the world. Just write about everyday things. There is a song a day if you can find that fire, it’s there. Beyond that you don’t have to be a writer.
Idiot: Bob Dylan or Billy Joel?
Everybody: Bob Dylan.
Bob: But Billy Joel is pretty good too.
Idiot: Mozart or Beethoven?
Bob: I like Beethoven. He was the first one to put themes to what he wrote. Mozart was just getting paid piece by piece.
Idiot: What about the new album?
Scott: It’s called ‘Four Thieves Gone’. Just came out yesterday, (February).
Idiot: What’s in the future?
Scott: Solo record for Bob. EP coming out for a group of us. New Record next year. The summer is filled with festivals and touring, non-stop. The year is almost booked.
Seth: We have plans for a possible Gospel record with our father Jim Avett.
Idiot: Any crazy road stories?
Scott: None. We forget them as soon as they happen. The worst ones we would never tell anybody.
Bob: We went to the Cracker Barrel once.
Idiot: Thanks for your time.
Interview and Photos by Kent Kessinger
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