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The Avett Brothers - The Second Gleam (07/22/08)

The Second Gleam

Release Date: 07/22/2008

Track Listing
  1. Tear Down the House
  2. Murder in the City   
  3. Bella Donna       
  4. The Greatest Sum   
  5. St Joseph's       
  6. Souls Like the Wheels



 07/22/2008 09:05:06  written by vu ()


These are two real life North Carolina brothers, Scott & Seth Avett. I haven't heard of them before getting The Second Gleam for review, but apparently, if I read it right, they used to be in a punk/rock band called Nemo. Since going acoustic folk, it looks like they've gotten even more popular, especially because they've caught the attention of American Recordings/Columbia Records, who are releasing their next new album.

If these six songs on The Second Gleam is any indications, I'll bet The Avett Brothers will do really well in the ever-growing market for Americana music (see my Americana series).

It seems to me that their songs on The Second Gleam seems to be about love, death, life, and religion (all the good things in life!). I am drawn to their more depressing songs, whether it's about the death of his car on "Tear Down the House", or to his own death on "Murder in the City". Although, I would have to confess that their love song, "Bella Donna", also has a hint of sadness to it.

I noticed that they are on tour, and would be curious to see how "Souls Like the Wheels" translate live. It's a really introspective and painfully quiet song.

The Second Gleam is released today, July 22nd on Ramseur Records. More details (track listing, etc) on site.whm, plus catch them on tour:

22 Jul 2008 The Second Gleam In Stores Nationwide! Everywhere, North Carolina
26 Jul 2008 Koka Booth Amphitheatre Cary, North Carolina
27 Jul 2008 FloydFest Floyd, Virginia
29 Jul 2008 Higher Ground Burlington, Vermont
31 Jul 2008 Outerland Edgartown, Massachusetts
01 Aug 2008 Shangri-La Music Festival Blue Hill, Maine
02 Aug 2008 Pearl Street Northampton, Massachusetts
03 Aug 2008 Newport Folk Festival Newport, Rhode Island
17 Aug 2008 Jackson Hole Music Festival Jackson Hole, Wyoming
19 Aug 2008 Strings Music Pavilion Steamboat Springs, Colorado
20 Aug 2008 The Depot Salt Lake City, Utah
22 Aug 2008 Big Easy Concert House Boise, Idaho
24 Aug 2008 Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre Portland, Oregon
27 Aug 2008 Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, Washington
28 Aug 2008 Britt Festival Jacksonville, Oregon
30 Aug 2008 Strawberry Music Festival Camp Mather, California
05 Sep 2008 Delta Fair & Music Festival Memphis, Tennessee
06 Sep 2008 Copper Dragon Carbondale, Illinois
07 Sep 2008 The Canopy Club Urbana, Illinois
10 Sep 2008 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa, Oklahoma
11 Sep 2008 Granada Theater Dallas, Texas
12 Sep 2008 Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival Ozark, Arkansas
14 Sep 2008 Monolith Festival Morrison, Colorado
19 Sep 2008 Jefferson Center - Shaftman Performance Hall Roanoke, Virginia
20 Sep 2008 Charlottesville Pavilion - with the Drive By Truckers Charlottesville, Virginia
21 Sep 2008 Pier Six Pavilion - with the Drive By Truckers Baltimore, Maryland
25 Sep 2008 The Jupiter Tuscaloosa, Alabama
26 Sep 2008 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee
27 Sep 2008 Coyote’s Music & Dance Hall Louisville, Kentucky
02 Oct 2008 Georgia Theatre Athens, Georgia
03 Oct 2008 Georgia Theatre Athens, Georgia