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Avetts and Cheerwine pair up for The Legendary Giveback

Over the last decade, The Avett Brothers have gained attention for their seamless harmonies, heart-wrenching lyrics and frenetic banjo-driven live shows. From humble beginnings busking on street corners in downtown Greenville to sharing the stage with folk legend Bob Dylan at the Grammy Awards, brothers Scott and Seth Avett and bassist Bob Crawford have certainly come a long way on their journey to the top.

Despite the bright lights of success, The Avett Brothers have remained dedicated to giving back to their community. Their most recent charitable venture involved partnering with Cheerwine for the “Legendary Giveback Concert” last month at nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville, Va. The concert benefited Operation Homefront, Big Brothers Big Sisters and University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. Additionally, fans who pledged to volunteer in their communities received access to an online live stream of the concert.

The evening in Charlottesville was met with much excitement from fans across the Southeast. Concertgoers began lining up for the sold-out general-admission show as early as 8 a.m. for an 8 p.m. show.

When The Avett Brothers finally took the stage, the packed amphitheater erupted. The Avetts and Crawford were joined on stage by touring band members, cellist Joe Kwon, drummer Jacob Edwards and Paul Defiglia on the keys. They opened with a high-energy version of “Slight Figure of Speech,” and it was clear that these Concord boys came to blow the roof off of the venue.

They delighted the audience with a handful of old favorites, like “Salvation Song,” “Old Joe Clark” and “Gimmeakiss,” as well as new songs from their most recent album, “The Carpenter,” like “Live and Die,” “I Never Knew You” and a crowd-hushing, stripped-down version of “Through My Prayers.”

The entire set was elevated by playful brotherly antics, Seth’s face-melting electric guitar solos and Scott’s kick-drum acrobatics and stage sprints. The evening closed with an old-timey cover of “Alabama Gals,” but could be summed up best by the lyrics of “Salvation Song”: “And they may pay us off in fame but that is not why we came and if it compromises truth then we will go.”

The group’s air of goodwill has become the norm among their most loyal fans, who have organized fundraisers as far west as Portland, Ore. The Avett Brothers have proven themselves to not only be extremely talented musicians, but also a band of brothers working toward the greater good.

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Tim Reynolds Finds New Inspiration in North Carolina’s Outer Banks

Reynolds and Matthews

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds returned to their old stomping grounds in August to play to a sold-out, exuberant crowd at nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Charlottesville, VA.  Proceeds from ticket sales were donated by the fans to various charities through JustGive.org, a website that supports nearly 1.8 million nonprofit organizations.

Thousands of fans, both inside and outside the Pavilion’s confines, enjoyed over 3 hours of acoustic entertainment and storytelling by Matthews and Reynolds, along with a special guest appearance by Asheville’s own legendary guitarist Warren Haynes.  The charitable evening of musical mastery was complimented by the peaceful and jovial mood of the fans, who relished in favorites such as Jimi Thing, #41, My Baby Blue, and Two Step.

A few days prior to the event, I caught up with Reynolds to discuss the show, his music, and adjusting to life in the Outer Banks of NC.

Reynolds, who has paired up with Matthews for multiple benefit shows over the years, was glad to be a part of the Charlottesville event, and appreciated that fans had an active role in the donation process.

“I think it’s pretty cool because people can donate to the charity of their choice, so that funds get spread out more to the smaller charities,” Reynolds said.

Over the years, Reynolds’ performances have benefited global organizations like China Care and Middle East Child Alliance.  However, he also makes great efforts to donate his talents and money to smaller, local charities throughout the Outer Banks.

In 2007, Reynolds left his home in New Mexico and moved to the Outer Banks with his family.  While topographically much different from NM, the eastern shore of NC has provided Reynolds with fresh inspiration and a new environment for songwriting.

“It took me a little while to adjust, but once I finally realized that the beach was only a 15 minute walk from my house, I felt more at ease.  There is always something here to inspire me and make me feel alive,” he said.

When it comes to songwriting, Reynolds often uses the natural environment to fuel his creativity.

“As far as songwriting, some songs take a long time, while others just come to me quickly.  The other day, I was walking on the beach and thought of an idea and just recorded it right into my iPhone.  I thought that was pretty amazing,” he said.

Shortly after moving to NC, Reynolds met local bassist Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier.  After playing together a few times, Reynolds decided it was time to resurrect his old band TR3 with Vaughn and Martier as new members.  Collectively, their gritty electric sounds have developed into a melding of rock, funk, and jazz that is sure to bring down the house.  Between touring small venues across the US, TR3 recorded and released a studio album entitled Radiance, and just recently a live two-disc album entitled From SPACE and Beyond.  Reynolds shared his delight in creating and playing music with Vaughn and Martier.

“I usually bring a song idea to the guys and we start practicing it.  As we practice it gets tweaked and changes, so it’s a fun process.  Every year we play more gigs and get more in tune as a band.  There has been a more consistent effort this time around.  We have the same steady personnel so it is like a real band thing and it evolves in its own way,” he said.

In 2010, Reynolds also released The Limbic System, a solo acoustic album that took him over two years to complete.  The title, which references the center for memory and emotion in the brain, is fitting for the two-disc collection of instrumental and vocal arrangements all written and performed by Reynolds.

“It was a labor of total love and joy to do.  There were a lot of feelings in those recordings.  It was very intimate and even though there are some mistakes in there, when it was done it felt like a big Ahhhh for me.  It was a musical statement from the heart and soul,” he said.

Whether Reynolds is solo or on stage with TR3 or the Dave Matthews Band, he continues to surprise his fans by mastering new interpretations of sound, making each experience unique and special for the audience.

To find out more about Reynolds’ music and tour schedule, please visit www.timreynolds.com.

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