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The Avett Brothers - Mignonette
July 27, 2004
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Mignonette is a 2004 album by The Avett Brothers. It was named after an English yacht which sank off the Cape of Good Hope, leaving the crew of four stranded on a lifeboat. The cabin boy was killed and eaten by the others, two of whom were later put on trial and convicted of murder (see Regina v. Dudley & Stephens).


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Artist/Band Information

The Avett Brothers () is a folk rock band from Concord, North Carolina. The band is made up of two brothers, Scott Avett and Seth Avett, who play the banjo and guitar respectively, and Bob Crawford who plays the stand-up bass. Joe Kwon, cello, and Jacob Edwards, drums, are touring members of the band, with Kwon featured on recordings from 2007's Emotionalism to present. Following on from Seth and Scott's former rock band Nemo, the Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk, and ragtime to produce a sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the "heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones ."


Avett Brothers, Pickathon 2006.jpgthumbThe band playing at Pickathon 2006, Portland, Oregon

Before Scott Avett's college rock band “Nemo” disbanded and Scott and Seth merged with Seth's old high school group Margo, Seth Avett was a proven musician in his own right. With Seth's vocals and guitar along with Noah Warner on drums, guitar, vocals, writer, Ben Sawyer guitar/vocals and Kenny Graham guitar/vocals, Margo had a taste of musical success with Rodell Records out of California on a Compilation CD with their song "Dumbfight". After the merger of the two bands, Scott Avett started experimenting with acoustic music with some old friends at night. After a few street performances, and small incorporations of his rock background, Scott’s brother Seth joined in get-togethers they called “The Back Porch Project” or “Nemo Downstairs.” The brothers began writing originals and in 2000, with the help of John Twomey (Nemo guitarist), put together a self titled LP labeled The Avett Bros.. The band “Nemo” broke up and Scott and Seth continued on their own with less traditional acoustic music they had been working on. In early 2002, The Avett Brothers, and new stand-up bass player Bob Crawford, formerly of the band The Memphis Quick 50, recorded their first full album as a band titled Country Was. The band soon went on tour to promote the new album, and in late 2002 began preparations for a follow-up.

After recording a live record of originals and a few covers titled Live at the Double Door Inn, the brothers settled down to compile a new full length album. After 70 hours in the studio, the band put the final touches on their 2003 release called A Carolina Jubilee. The new album encompassed not only the band's intensity, but also its refined sound.

In 2004, The Avett Brothers released their next album, titled Mignonette, and made their musical intentions fully clear. The new CD included new harmonies, introspective lyrics, and a sense of dedication that pushed the band to new heights. The band released another live recording in 2005, Live, Vol. 2.

Following a sold-out New Year's Eve show at The Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Avetts completed a multi-state tour with alt-country band, BR5-49 in January. They released Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions in early 2006 to much acclaim. Their next album, The Gleam, was released in September 2006. The album features just Seth and Scott Avett with a more toned down sound compared to Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions.

On Friday, May 12, 2007, The Avett Brothers made their national television debut on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. They performed Paranoia in B-Flat Major from the album Emotionalism."

The band released Emotionalism on May 15, 2007. It debuted at No.1 on Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums chart, #134 spot on the Billboard Top 200 and #13 on the Independent Artist Chart.

The Avett Brothers won the Americana Music Association Duo/Group of the Year and 2007 New/Emerging Artist of the Year awards on November 1, 2007. They went on to sell out two nights at Asheville NC's Orange Peel (total capacity: 942) and one night at the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (capacity: 2,100) on Dec 28, 29 and 31st respectively. On January 8, 2008, the band debuted a video for the song "Paranoia in B-flat Major."

On February 1, 2008, The Avett Brothers' song "If It's the Beaches" from The Gleam was featured on the NBC drama Friday Night Lights. On April 25, 2008 at the MerleFest music festival, The Avett Brothers announced that their newest EP, The Second Gleam, would be released on July 22, 2008.

Dco avett bros pickathon DSC 0387.jpgleftthumbThe Avett Brothers at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon on January 28, 2007

July 26, 2008 marked one of the biggest shows the Avett Brothers had played. It was described as a "homecoming show" in celebration of their release of The Second Gleam EP. They sold out Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary, North Carolina (capacity: 7,000), playing with no opener for nearly two-and-a-half hours. Later in 2008, producer Rick Rubin signed the brothers to his American Recordings label which I and Love and You was released under., The Avett

On December 15, 2008, the The Avett Brothers announced they would be opening for Dave Matthews Band for a portion of their spring tour 2009 across the southern United States from Virginia to Arizona. The Avett Brothers also opened for Widespread Panic in 2009. On April 16, 2009, the Avett Brothers opened their tour in support of their newest album at the Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis, IN, playing to a sold-out crowd at the annual Rock for Riley benefit concert, an annual show with Wilco and My Morning Jacket. From September 8 to October 8, 2009, in conglomeration with the upcoming release of the album, I and Love and You, the Avett Brothers released 13 short videos describing their music and fans. The videos show clips from past concerts, fan interviews and talks from the Avetts themselves. The Avett Brothers were named "the Artist to Watch of 2009" by Rolling Stone magazine., Groovehouse, 9th September 2009.

The Avett Brothers performed at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival., Rollo & Grady, 2nd October 2009 Also in 2009, the Avett Brothers performed on the Late Show with David Letterman,, Paste Magazine, 29th September 2009. the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,, Prefix, 7th October 2009. and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon., Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 19th November 2009.

Their album I and Love and You peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 best selling albums, #8 in best selling digital albums, #7 in rock albums, and #1 in folk albums., Billboard.

On January 21, 2010, the band aired on the PBS series Austin City Limits, ending with an especially rowdy version of "Talk On Indolence." , PBS Video - Austin City Limits, 22 January 2010

On February 9, 2010 it was announced the group would play Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 12 via the festival's Myspace page.

The Avett Brothers were featured in Mountain Jam VI in Hunter, New York., Mountain Jam, 14th May 2010.

In 2010, the Avett Brothers followed John Mayer as an opening act for select dates on the North America leg of his world tour.

The Avett Brothers played in Asheville, NC for two dates, December 30 and 31, at the end of 2010, selling out the New Years Eve show, according to manager Dolphus Ramseur in a post on the band's official forums.

Also acccording to their official website, the Avett Brothers will be having a concert in Charlotte, NC on April 9th 2011. This is their first performance in Charlotte in two years. The concert will be at the Bojangles Collesium. Tickets went on sale February 4th.

The Avett Brothers appeared on

The Avett Brothers performed "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise" at the 2011 Grammy Awards. They also joined Mumford and Sons and Bob Dylan for a performance of "Maggie's Farm."

Religious Themes

The Avett brothers' grandfather, Clegg Avett (1917 - 1976), was a Methodist minister.http After reading his grandfather's sermons, Scott Avett says that he began to think seriously about matters of faith and spirituality. “Our hands and minds, legs and mouths, eyes and ears, arms and feet were all made with purpose, and though you may never find that exact purpose, it is your obligation to yourself and God to search for it ...”http


* Seth Avett (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, drum kit)

* Scott Avett (vocals, banjo, harmonica, acoustic guitar, piano, drum kit)

* Bob Crawford (vocals, upright bass, trumpet)

* Joe Kwon (cello)

* Jacob Edwards (drums)

Studio Albums

* The Avett Bros. (2000)

* Country Was (2002)

* A Carolina Jubilee (2003)

* Untitled EP (2003)

* Swept Away EP (2004)

* Mignonette (2004)

* Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions (2006)

* The Gleam (2006)

* Emotionalism (2007) U.S. #134

* The Second Gleam (2008) U.S. #82

* I and Love and You (2009) U.S. #16


* Live at the Double Door Inn (2002)

* Live, Vol. 2 (2005)

* Live, Volume 3 (2010)

Other Album Appearances

* Live at KEXP Vol.5- "The Weight of Lies" (2009)

Other Appearances

* "If It's the Beaches" was featured in Season 2 for the television series Friday Night Lights and included on the sound track album Friday Night Lights Vol. 2

* "Kick Drum Heart" was featured in the opening scene for the Pilot of Parenthood and was later featured on the show's soundtrack.

*"Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise" was featured as background music on the 10th Season of American Idol

*"Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise" was performed by the Avett Brothers at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in 2011


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