June 2, 2011

Avett Brothers build popularity, tour after tour

With banjo, guitar, cello, standup bass and piano, the band fuses bluegrass influences with rock, gospel and pop.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Bob Crawford, who plays upright bass, Scott Avett on banjo and Seth Avett on guitar. When playing live, the band also includes Joe Kwon on cello and Jacob Edwards on drums.

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Scott Avett at an Avett Brothers show.

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WHEN: 7:30 tonight; doors open at 6:30

WHERE: State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland

HOW MUCH: Sold out

INFO: statetheatreportland.com

"Everything becomes something beyond the individual ideas. It becomes a collaborative piece of work. Scott and Seth write the bulk of the lyrics, but it's not hard for me to feel a part of every song."

Since "I and Love and You," the Avetts have released one live album. They are about halfway through the next studio album; Crawford expects it will be released early in 2012.

Crawford called the Grammy Awards "a surreal experience. We went into it not knowing what to expect, but promising it would be a great time and that we would enjoy it as much as we could."

He still has not watched a tape of the show, and has no intention of doing so. He recalls the curtain opening, the mike stand crashing and the band plowing forward unbowed, just as it has done for a decade. Always forward, enjoying the moment for what it is.

"I remember staring straight ahead and seeing Neil Young in the front row and looking over at Joe Kwon and just smiling," he said. "We were on top of the world."

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