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.