The impending release of the latest live album from The Avett Brothers brought back memories of their recent performance at the Morris in South Bend. I do my best to reserve the “you have to listen to this” statements about my favorite music, but dragging friends and family to Avett shows over the years has qualified as an excuse to break that rule. Never have I had a companion complain in this instance. This show, like each and every other Avett show I’ve attended, was one of the best nights in live music in my experience.
I’ve watched the band grow over years in skill, acclaim, and in actual size. I put the count at seven performing members on the stage this time around and (not that they ever needed it) you could feel the extra power, both emotional and audible, emanating from the stage.
That same power applies to Live Vol. Four. The evening’s celebratory energy (the show was recorded on 2013’s New Year’s Eve) is noticeable through the album, both in obvious moments such as the post-New Year countdown Auld Lange Syne and in the finishing Happy Trails.
The impact is also felt in tracks like Laundry Room, an epic song from 2009’s I And Love And You. It has become an anticipated magical moment of the emotional live show and those who have yet to see the band perform live can finally get a taste on Live Vol. Four.
In the end, that is what makes this album the latest excellent release from the Avett Brothers, capturing as best as recording can the essence impressive live experience from the band.
A full track listing (including two previously unreleased songs) and upcoming tour dates are listed below.
Live Vol. Four:
1. Satan Pulls the Strings
2. Laundry Room
3. Another is Waiting
5. Kick Drum Heart
6. Rejects in the Attic
7. Ten Thousand Words
8. Talk On Indolence
9. Auld Lang Syne
10. The Boys are Back in Town
11. I and Love and You
12. Slight Figure of Speech
13. Happy Trails
2016 Tour Dates:
4/7 Wilmington, NC Azalea Festival
4/8 New York, NY Madison Square Garden*
4/10 Worcester, MA DCU Arena*
4/22 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
4/23 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
4/29 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre#
4/30 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre#
5/5 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater*
5/6 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena^
5/7 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre^
5/12 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE Outdoors
5/14 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center
5/15 Fairfax, VA Eagle Bank Arena^
6/3 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion
6/4 Baltimore, MD Pier Six Concert Pavilion
6/9 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena*
6/10 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Arena
6/11 Minneapolis, MN Target Center*
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