Fundraising Update!

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My heart is so full!!!! You guys are AWESOME. In less than 12 hours, we raised $3000!!
As it stands now, we have raised about half of the cost of the fiddle which is AWESOME because Barry Dudley has agreed to do a partial trade with me for a painting that I will make for him. So you guys are my heroes!!!!!!!!! I have wanted and needed this instrument for years and you guys made it a reality in less than A DAY. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Fundraising for a new fiddle!

Hey guys. Today is a day off. I’m in Nashville at a hotel near the airport. I went grocery shopping for the bus (lots of organic fruits and veggies, nuts, almond milk, crackers, tortilla chips, guacamole and salsa…also baby wipes, Dr. Bronner’s Lavender soap and Mrs. Meyers Lavender Room Spray. mmmm).

I also started a crowdfunding page so that I can get a second fiddle. I had an incident the other day when we were playing with Old Crow – Read More

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Three Nights At Red Rocks

It’s Sunday morning. Andy and I are getting ready to leave the hotel to go back for one more night at Red Rocks!

It’s been a wonderful experience, and Andy got a taste of fame, thanks to Brian Hilner and Chris Cole, who both bought Buffalo Stack T-shirts in support of Andy’s band :)

My VIP posters turned out well – It’s my first time designing an art print, and I’m thrilled with the result. I’ll post soon more about the meaning behind the print. There will be an exclusive print commemorating the three nights available soon. Read More

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My Solo – Le Reel Du Pendu and Bars De La Prison

I’ve had a ton of people asking me about the solo that I play with The Avett Brothers. It’s really a mash-up of two  pieces of music from two different but very connected places, Quebec and Louisiana.

The first tune is called “Le Reel Du Pendu” or “The Hangman’s Reel” and was made famous by Jean Carignan:

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How I Got Here

The reason I’ve started turning this website into more of a blog is that I have been working on a book and I need a way to organize my thoughts and start a dialogue with the outside world.

I started writing 11 years ago as a way to make sense of my chaotic life.  At the age of 20, and two years into founding a band that was growing more and more successful, I felt that I was losing myself in a whirlwind of hype and empty status.  At every step of the way, I found myself cutting the corners of my morals and values and justifying it with my intensely busy schedule and lack of funds.  All the things I said I’d never do (because I was “smarter than that”) I found myself doing, and realized that being in those stereotypical scenarios is a whole lot different than watching them from a critical distance. Read More

What it’s like

Life on the road with The Avett Brothers

(Originally written for No Depression Magazine)

I’ve been trying to write this article about what it’s like being on tour with The Avett Brothers for six months. It’s not that I have nothing to say – quite the opposite – I’ve got pages and pages of material. What’s been holding me back is a phenomenon that I’ve witnessed with almost every member of the band and crew. There is a protectiveness around the core members of this band that I’ve never felt in any other project that I’ve been a part of, fueled equally by the integrity that Scott, Seth and Bob project and by the obsessiveness that some of the fans that follow them exhibit.

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