At a time when Mumford & Sons were making banjos, hearty singalongs and rootsy folk pop all the rage, The Avett Brothers follow a similar path, using bluegrass and country traditions to create Americana pop that happily crossed into the mainstream. Formed by North Carolina siblings Scott and Seth Avett, the group came together in 2002 with the addition of Bob Crawford and later Joe Kwon. They released 2004’s Mignonette and 2007’s through the independent label Ramseur Records. They attracted the attention of legendary producer Rick Rubin when 2007’s Emotionalism became a cult favourite, receiving widespread critical acclaim. Rubin signed them to his American Recordings label and produced their breakthrough album, 2009’s I And Love And You, with the title track becoming their first top ten single. Praised for their rich, heartfelt, acoustic harmonies and modern take on old time Southern folk, the band went on to perform at the Grammy Awards with Bob Dylan in 2011. The following year the band released The Carpenter which reached number five in the charts. Still under the mentorship of Rubin, in 2013 the band issued Magpie and the Dandelion. True Sadness followed in 2016, and contained their first number 1 hit, “Ain’t No Man”. For 2019’s Closer Than Together, the band tackled more social and political issues than they had in the past. They released The Third Gleam in 2020, an acoustic heavy collection that followed in the tradition of two earlier EPs, 2006’s The Gleam and 2008’s The Second Gleam.