MERLEFEST: Avett Brothers energize the closing crowd

MERLEFEST: Avett Brothers energize the closing crowd
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By Hannah Beaver. April 28, 2019. WILKESBORO, NC — Sunny skies and a full crowd made for a high energy Avett Brothers show to close out Merefest 2019, Western North Carolina’s premier, four-day music festival.

COVER IMAGE: All photographic images by Hannah Beaver, edited by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News  

The Avett Brothers have been a staple of MerleFest since 2004. Seth and Scott Avett were raised in Concord, NC, and have strong ties to not only the state and its music scene, but also MerleFest and what it represents — and they credit these connections for why they keep coming back. Their affection for the event was obvious in their energetic set, as they entertained the audience, as well as themselves.  

Playing both new songs and old favorites, the energy they bring to a show is contagious. A featured part of the show was when the brothers covered songs from Doc Watson and Randy Travis, both of whom played the festival in the past.  

The Avett Brothers toured nationally for several years and play venues of all types, but truly shine in a setting such as MerleFest. From the dancing audience to Scott Avett walking through the crowd shaking hands and giving high fives, the enjoyment from both the band and the spectators was undeniable. 

The Avett Brothers are open about their appreciation and admiration for Doc Watson and his support of their music over the years. Doc Watson’s late son, Eddy Merle Watson, is the namesake of MerleFest and Doc headlined the festival for many years.  

The Avett Brothers continue their tour of often sold-out venues through March of 2020. 

About The Author

As Editor and Publisher of Blowing Rock News, David Rogers has chosen a second professional career instead of retirement. For more than 35 years, he served in the financial services industry, principally in institutional equity research. He grew up in the oilfields north of Bakersfield, California and was a high school English major and honors student. From an economically disadvantaged family background, he worked his way through college (on grounds crew and in dining hall, as well as advertising sales for college newspapers), attending Johnston College at the University of Redlands, Claremont McKenna College, and California State University, Bakersfield. Other jobs to pay for college included a Teamsters Union job in South Central Los Angeles, a roustabout in the central California oilfields, and moving sprinkler pipe and hoeing weeds in the cotton fields west of Bakersfield. Rogers' financial services industry career took him from Bakersfield to La Jolla and San Diego, then to Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, Newport Beach and Charlotte before arriving in the High Country in 2000 to take a volunteer position coaching the rugby team at Appalachian State University and write independent stock market research. He spent three years as a senior financial writer for a global financial PR firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Beijing, Tel Aviv, and Frankfort (Germany). Rogers is the author of "The 90% Solution: Higher Returns, Less Risk" (2006, John Wiley & Co., New York). He is married to wife Kim (Jenkins Realtors), and shares in the joy provided by her three grown children and five grandchildren.

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