May 242011

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.”

In the plywood haven of what appears to be his attic or basement, the bearded Avett gently picks a scroll-horned guitar seemingly identical to the one Robbie Robertson clutches on the cover of The Basement Tapes, preserving the pretty simplicity of Smith’s original with his playing. His vocal performance is equally respectful and understated, closely following the original arrangement rather than trying to outdo or alter the late songwriter’s composition. As unique and original as the Avett Brothers can be, Seth opts for a more straightforward approach, letting the strength of the song speak for itself. Watch the simple, elegant video below.

Seth Avett – Angeles (Elliott Smith cover)

Keep up with Seth and the Avett Brothers at the band’s website.

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