After listening to The Avett Brothers for several years and pining to see them live, I had the immense pleasure of seeing them twice this year—at Coachella and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. I’d heard that their live show was something to behold, but their high energy performance and the amped-up crowds that seemed to consist of legions of swooning girls blew me away. My only complaint: the shortened festival setlist didn’t allow them time for covers.
The folks over at Crackerfarm have helped to ease my pain by posting the brothers collectively and individually covering a number of different songs on their YouTube channel. In the latest post, Seth Avett sings Tim Hardin’s “London Town,” a song made famous by Donovan. The relaxed mood suggests that Seth just wandered out into the backyard, picked up his guitar and sang the tune in one take. The flawless performance, however, says otherwise. Check it out below.