Today, The Avett Brothers (from North Carolina), in honor of their lovely new album, The Carpenter. The band consists of singer/songwriters Scott & Seth Avett with Bob Crawford on the standing bass, Jacob Edwards on drums, and the amazing Joe Kwon on cello.
Above, the band performs a song off the new album: "The Once and Future Carpenter."
Below, a charming, bluegrass-inflected song for a cold, wet winter's day: "January Wedding." (It comes from their fine last album, I and Love and You.)
And one final video:
After posting Seth Lakeman's performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra last week, it seems fitting to include this video of the Avetts performing "I and Love and You" (my favorite of their songs) with The Brooklyn Philharmonic.
A beautiful, stripped-down version of the song can be heard here. (If you want more this morning, try their Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, the animated video for "Head Full of Doubt," or the father-and-daughter song from their new album.) Oh, how I love these guys -- for their musicianship, their interstitial blending of musical genres, their lyric poetry, and for unapologetically wearing their hearts on their sleeves in this often cynical world.