The Avett Brothers, Scott and Seth, are still good. The are also (still?) crazy, because who but the crazy would willingly play an outdoor show in Florida in July? Sheer madness. People from the Carolinas, that's who.
There were some very sweet touches added to a song or two in honor of the recent birth of Scott Avett's daughter. He didn't look nearly as tired as I would expect a new parent to look, but life on the road probably prepares you for late nights and little sleep better than most other lifestyles.
They've got a new album coming out in September (so start your engines!) but the I and Love and You single deserves to be celebrated in its own right, and is totally worth the $2.97 it will cost you to obtain on iTunes. Heck, you might even be able to find it in your local record store, because they're Major Label now! The shot below was taken during the earnest "Salvation Song" sing-a-long, Joe Kwon (whom we are always pleasantly surprised to see) and Avetts' regular Bob Crawford belting it out arm-in-arm ...
We came for salvation
We came for family
We came for all that's good that's how we'll walk away
We came to break the bad
We came to cheer the sad
We came to leave behind the world a better way
The craziest part was how much everyone seems to mean it. It almost felt like being at church. In a good way.
Sadly, we suffered from Show Fail, i.e., we showed up four songs late. It was a kind of crucial miss for me. The show (see the playlist here) followed the "hook them with the opening numbers, then mess around in your back catalogue for awhile" formula, and we missed the hook. Seriously, who goes on stage at 9:30?
Anyway, in honor of our (my) Show Fail, I give you the four songs we missed:
Paranoia in B-flat Major
Living of Love
If the first link doesn't work, or if it works just fine but you can't play the song, blame the almighty Apple. Seriously, though, it's worth the three bucks.