The Avett Brothers are never ones to shy away from a cover or two. So it makes perfect sense that they’re contributing to the much-anticipated (and cumbersomely named) Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. The collection of 75 (75!) Bob Dylan covers on four discs will be released tomorrow, so the Avetts stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week to promote the collection with their contribution, a cover of “One Too Many Mornings.”
Two weeks ago we looked at the Avett Brothers’ best covers. At the same time, guitarist Seth Avett was busy covering Elliott Smith live in Oakland. He did so before back in May with “Angeles,” but this time he teamed up with the tour’s opening act, Jessica Lea Mayfield, to turn Smith’s “Twilight” from a basement whisper into a countrified, though still melancholy, duet.
Riding high on the wave of folk popularity, The Avett Brothers have taken the music world by storm with a combination of genuine talent, relentless touring, and prodigious album releases over the past few years. Though the quality of original work like their most recent LP, the Grammy-nominated I and Love and You, would be enough to keep attracting new fans, the Avetts have also produced a remarkable number of high-quality covers in recent years. There was a massive field to choose from, including this month’s Roger Miller cover, but we’ve narrowed it down to the five finest covers from the North Carolina siblings and their bandmates.
Few bands can match the energy of The Avett Brothers. Relentless touring, releasing almost an album a year for the last 10 years, their work ethic seems more akin to the artists of yesteryear than to today’s one-album-every-three-years darlings. Fitting, then, that they should dig into the past in their recent appearance on CMT Unplugged.
By now most of us are familiar with indie folk darlings, The Avett Brothers. Their crossover status into mainstream music over the last few years has made them accessible to the masses. But mention the name David Childers to anyone outside of the bluegrass and folk world and you’ll likely get a shrugged response, despite Childers being considered one of the great American songwriters by his peers.
In the past few years, The Avett Brothers have become major stars in the world of folk music and beyond, selling out tours, performing for huge crowds at festivals and even appearing alongside (today’s birthday boy) Bob Dylan at this year’s Grammy’s. This level of success still hasn’t affected their humility or love for music though, as guitarist Seth Avett proves by setting up in front of his webcam, just like any other YouTube performer, to play a cover of a favorite song: Elliott Smith’s “Angeles.”
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As their name implies, HI54LOFI Records releases music by artists who subscribe to the lo-fi, DIY ethic. They succinctly sum up their philosophy by saying that “the pie with the least amount of fingers in it [is] the best tasting pie.” Many an artist who has experienced recording an album with a booth full of record company execs looking on would surely agree.
We’ve told you about the Voice Project before. The non-profit supports efforts towards peace in North Uganda, helping in particular the women so often victimized in such conflicts. To spread the word, they record regular cover videos by well-known performers for their website. What’s the connection between cover songs and Uganda? Nothing – but a cover allows a site like ours to inform readers about their noble efforts, all while providing a great new tune. Win-win.