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Stagecoach 2010: The Avett Brothers come to life

April 25, 2010 |  7:32 pm

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I must confess I’ve had a hard time connecting with the Avett Brothers’ latest album, "I and Love and You,” despite the number of trusted colleagues touting its virtues. Something about the Rick Rubin-produced collection hits me as a bit too studied, too earnest for its own good.

So it’s a relief to report that their Stagecoach performance Sunday night at the Palomino stage was brimming with the infectious energy that I can't find in the grooves--OK, bytes--of the album. “Tin Man” picked up an infectious bounce absent from the recording, and the energy in several of their other numbers could barely be contained on the stage by North Carolina-reared siblings Scott and Seth Avett.

As has been the case with other newer generation acts, the Avetts tipped their hats to country music past, in their case a rollicking version of the Flatt & Scruggs standard “Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms.” Their own “The Fall” was a happy mash-up of a Cajun two-step and an Irish jig, infectiously embodying the spirit of a song that postulates “only good things can come to those who practice reason and recognize good fun.”

It’s a worthy philosophy.

--Randy Lewis

Click here for photos from Stagecoach.

Photo: Scott and Seth Avett. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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