This past Friday, The Avett Brothers
, one of BOT’s favorites, made their way to Houston for a make-up show from last months cancellation due to a birth in the family. Well, they more than made up for it with a setlist that featured a wide array of their material from their entire catalog. While we didn’t get a chance to hear some staple songs like “Shame,” “The Perfect Space,” “Die Die Die” and “Weight Of Lies,” the show focused more on material that they rarely play along with some of their bigger songs from both Emotionalism
and I and Love and You
including “Laundry Room,” “Paranoia in B-Flat Major,” “Kick Drum Heart” and “Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full Of Promise.” While these songs were all highlights, it was their older and rarer songs and covers like “Colorshow,” “Blue Ridge Mountain Blues” and show-closing “Down In The Valley To Pray” that were the true set standouts. The most memorable moment of the show was a cover of David Childress’ “Prettiest Thing” that was placed in between a sandwich of “When I Drink” and my favorite Avett song “Murder In The City.” Three acoustics in a row… not bad! I’ve now had the pleasure of seeing the Avett Brothers on numerous occasions, but this show was unlike any other. They’re not touring in support of any album, which gives them the opportunity to push the boundaries of song selection and placement, so this is a great time to catch them as you don’t know what you’ll get from the boys. I’m sure they’re working on a new album, which was proven by a few choice new tunes played that evening, so as soon as that drops expect shows to get a bit more standard. Until then, though, I’d highly recommend catching them live if you have the chance.
Check out my photographs of the show and the full setlist after the jump