ARTIST: The Avett Brothers
TITLE: Country Was
YEAR RELEASED: 2002
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you know these songs, you’re a superfan
LINEUP: Seth Avett, Scott Avett, Bob Crawford.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After the breakup of their punk band, Seth and Scott Avett make their move toward acoustic, down home music, and come out with a winner on first go-round.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After the breakup of Nemo, who released three albums before their demise, the Avett Brothers coalesced around a guitar (or piano), banjo and stand-up bass lineup for their first few recordings.
This album features some songs that are in a definite good-time back-porch mode, but what the real winner is how the Avetts and Crawford already are in sync with great harmonies and spirited playing.
It’s a short album (8 songs) but it sets the table for the Avetts to come.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their first studio album (The Avett Bros.) was more of a Nemo album, and it’s disappeared. So has, unfortunately, their live album Live at the Double Door Inn.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No.
GRADE: A-: A genuine, fun record.