The Avett Brothers & Old Crow Medicine Show – Verizon Wireless Amph. – 5/17

Old Crow Medicine Show

Old Crow Medicine Show

Seeing The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine Show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on May 17th will be our second trip back to Atlanta this month to cover a bunch of pickers and grinners (we had a great time at Shaky Knees Fest, despite the rain). This time it’s not just about music (and mud) but it’s about the venue, the bands, and how they’ve changed over time.

The first time I heard of the Avett Brothers was 2005-2006 when I was living in East Atlanta. Several of my friends insisted that I go see them at the Drunken Unicorn. It was about $10, I was late (as I am wont to do), and I only got to catch a brief moment of the skill of two brothers picking tunes like they’d been doing since childhood (with a bassist who isn’t kin, but might as well be).

Comparably, this show is in the largest amphitheatre on the north side of Atlanta, the tickets are a bit more than just $10 (but well worth it), and these guys have realeased about half a dozen records, and sold literally millions of albums. I look forward to them being just as stellar as they were in a small dingy Atlanta venue but with years of the road behind them.

To be candid, I knew “Wagon Wheel” more than I knew who wrote it until about last year when my eyes were opened by the Blue Indian photographer for this show, Scott Corkery. Since, I’ve been blown away by their depth and range, and this will be not only first my time seeing Old Crow Medicine Show, and their second time back to Atlanta since the return of Critter Fuqua.

Both bands have 2012 records they are still supporting, so hopefully they’ll test some new material out on a big audience. All in all, it should be a fun show with some folk favorites.

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