“If I Had a Million Dollars” is probably the most famous song from Barenaked Ladies, a concert favorite and a song made to sing along to.
Written by members Steven Page and Ed Robertson to sing to counselors at summer camp, the song at first may seem like a mere silly list of things you can buy with loads of money. But under the surface is a powerful message of love and the simple life over pursuing gobs of wealth. Continue reading →
Now what? The Avetts have gone everything now, but they did so slowly. Chart their last three albums, and you can tell they have merged from a heavy rock-centered bluegrass band into a more electric, pop-centered, all-American band. But they didn’t sell out after one or two original albums. They re-centered themselves naturally after half a dozen of the work they first came to be known for. They haven’t lost touch with their roots. Continue reading →
Back in 2002, about to record A Carolina Jubilee, The Avett Brothers were hired as a wandering band during freshmen orientation at Virginia Tech. Nobody wanted to listen to them. They kept following people around trying to find an audience.
Seth and Scott told this story to their VT audience twelve years later, as if to say, “look where we are now.” In all the shows I’ve seen since 2007, the band has inflated and changed their style, but they have not lost what makes them who they are. I saw the same energy, passion and soul. Continue reading →