The Avett Brothers
North Carolina brothers Seth and Scott Avett became an Americana sensation with the release of 2007’s heralded “Emotionalism,” a collision of bluegrass and country aesthetics and raw pop songwriting. The San Francisco Chronicle characterized the band’s sound 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." After debuting at No. 16 with the Rick Rubin-produced “I and Love and You” in 2009, the Avetts enjoyed a victory lap at the 2011 Grammys with a performance alongside Bob Dyan and Mumford & Sons. —Jeff Royer (Photo: Karl Walter, Getty Images)
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