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Avett Brothers start 2008 where they left off

The Bluebird, Bloomington, Ind., February 29, 2008

Reviewed by John Walker

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The Avett Brothers took off in 2008 about where they left off in 2007.

A packed house enthusiastically greeted the punky, high energy bluegrass music of The Avett Brothers on only the second stop of their first 2008 tour. After a very successful 2007, which saw them win Americana awards for Best Duo/Group and Best New Emerging Artist, Seth and Scott Avett, along with bass player Bob Crawford and touring cello player Joe Kwon, put on a very impressive spirited show.

After a less than inspiring ballad heavy opening act by Jessica Lea Mayfield, which left the audience restless and ready for energy, The Avett Brothers took the stage and promptly elevated everyone by opening with "Paranoia In Bb Major," from their recent award nominated album of the year "Emotionalism."

Scott and Seth Avett bounced with energy, which the audience immediately picked up on and began doing the same as they sang along.

The evening was highlighted by the songs from the "Emotionalism" CD, which received the warmest response from everyone. They stormed through almost every song, including captivating versions of "Die, Die, Die," "Shame" and closing out the show with "The Weight of Lies."

The energy level never dropped as they effortlessly weaved their way through the alternating tempos of their music. Even while other band members took a short intermission break, Seth remained on stage performing a delightful version of "In the Curve."

Being only the second show of the tour, one might think the harmonies might be off a bit, but they were not. The harmonies, along with the stunning instrumentals by everyone, were quite impressive. It was awe inspiring to watch all four band members fingers flail away so dexterously and create such dynamic music.