They started informally playing acoustic guitar with Nemo guitarist John Twomey on the side and eventually decided playing acoustic music was as fun as playing in a rock band, according to a biography at www.allmusic.com.
In 2000, the newly named band, The Avett Brothers, released a self-titled album. Nemo broke up that year, and the brothers made The Avett Brothers their new priority, according to allmusic.com.
They parted ways with Twomey and added upright bassist and vocalist Bob Crawford to the band.
Over the next few years, they cut several more records and toured heavily.
In 2007, the band's album “Emotionalism” cracked the Billboard charts.
“I and Love and You,” released in 2009, was the band's first major-label album, released by American Recordings, a division of Sony BMG/Columbia. It peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and landed them an invitation to perform with Bob Dylan and Mumford & Sons at the 2011 Grammys.
The band's most recent release, “The Carpenter,” was No. 41 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the top 50 albums of 2012.
Rolling Stone said, “The Avetts are the best pop band in the alt-country corral. On their seventh album, they complete an evolution from neo-bluegrass pickers to pure pop tune-crushers. The palette ranges from Nineties grunge to wintry front-porch lamentation to Beatles bounce, tied together by a sweet Southern-bro sentimentality.”
The Avett BrothersWhat: The folk-pop band performs with Jill Andrews.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Embassy Theatre, 121 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Cost: $39.95. Tickets are on sale at the Embassy box office 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, by phone at 1-800-745-3000, at www.ticketmaster.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets.
Catch the band on Letterman: The Avett Brothers will be on the “Late Show with David Letterman” at 11:35 p.m. Monday. The show airs on CBS.