Folk-rock group the Avett Brothers were the recent guests for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held with The Recording Academy Memphis Chapter in Tupelo, Miss., the Avett Brothers discussed creative influences, performing at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards and performing at smaller venues compared to larger venues, among other topics. Part of the discussion was driven by questions submitted by fans using the #5QW hashtag on Twitter.
"I don't think anybody can tell you anything," said the Avett Brothers' upright bassist Bob Crawford. "Just like your parents trying to tell you something, it's makes you want to do the opposite. You gotta make your own mistakes or have your own successes."
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Hailing from North Carolina, the Avett Brothers were formed by brothers Scott (vocals/banjo) and Seth Avett (vocals/guitar). The pair began making music at an early age and got their musical start as members of the rock band Nemo. The Avetts subsequently parted ways with Nemo in 2000 to devote their time to the Avett Brothers and added Crawford. In 2002 the trio released Country Was, followed by A Carolina Jubilee in 2003. The Avett Brothers followed with Mignonette (2004), Four Thieves Gone: The Robinsville Sessions (2006) and the EP The Gleam (2006).
The Avett Brothers' achieved mainstream success with their 2007 release, Emotionalism, which featured the addition of cellist Joe Kwon and garnered them placement on the Billboard 200. The album earned the Avett Brothers the attention of GRAMMY-winning producer Rick Rubin, who subsequently signed the band to his American Recordings. The band's major label debut, I And Love And You, was released in 2009 and peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard 200, the group's highest charting album to date. In 2011 the Avett Brothers perform on the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards in a tribute to Americana music with Bob Dylan and Mumford & Sons.