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Encore: The Avett Brothers/Heartless Bastards

Be sure to tune in this Saturday to see two of the music industry’s hardest-working bands: The Avett Brothers and Heartless Bastards.

Deeply influenced by grunge bands while growing up in North Carolina, The Avett Brothers had experimented in other bands before solidifying their bluegrass, country, and rock ‘n’ roll blend and harmonies. In this episode we hear a mix of songs from their various albums/EPs, including their biggest hit, “I And Love And You.” With six studio albums under their belt and four EPs, The Avett Brothers have proven that they are as dedicated as they are eclectic in their sound.

Ohio-to-Austin transplants Heartless Bastards have made waves in the indie world since their 2005 debut Stairs and Elevators. Though often described as blues rock or country grunge, this group cannot be pigeonholed as simply hype. With Erika Wennerstrom’s haunting voice and the band’s carefully-crafted yet simple hooks, Heartless Bastards create something that lasts and evolves. For this performance the group plays hits from their 2009 album, The Mountain.

photo by Scott Newton

If you’re a fan, please be sure to take a listen to Heartless Bastards’ latest album Arrow, that came out earlier this year. The Avett Brothers are also slated for a new album this year, but the release date is still to be announced.

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