One wanted to be a rockstar, the other an astronaut.
Decades later, one got his way and the other isn’t complaining.
Scott and Seth Avett — Scott knowing music flowed through his veins from an early age — are now one of the most popular bands on the scene, as the Avett Brothers come to town for a Saturday show at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
Of course, the Avett Brothers are far from a rock-and-roll band, but they’ve found their wheelhouse as a folk rock duo that wins over fans through melodies and world-class songwriting.
The brothers have been influenced by a number of styles of music, with their albums featuring country, punk, pop, folk and bluegrass sounds.
The Avetts released their first album, “Country Was,” in 2001, coming soon after the brothers first band, Nemo, broke up.
They followed their first album with a live album of songs and covers called “Live at the Double Door Inn,” before creating their second studio album in 2003, “A Carolina Jubilee,” which was the first indication of their genre-crossing ways.
In 2004, they put out their third album, “Mignonette,” followed by another live album in 2005, “Live, Volume 2.”
Finally, in 2006, they released their fifth album in five years, the highly acclaimed “Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions.”
In the 13 years since, the Avetts have produced six more albums, their latest, “Closer than Together,” debuting in 2019.
The Avetts have won four Americana Music Awards, as Emerging Artist of the Year in 2007, while also winning Duo/Group of the Year in 2007, 2010 and 2011.
They’ve also been nominated for three Grammys, while also having their music on TV shows such as “Friday Night Lights,” “This is 40,” “One Tree Hill” and “Parenthood.”
The band is much more than the Avetts, as Bob Crawford helps with a number of roles, including lead vocals. Crawford would eventually recruit cellist Joe Kwon to join the group, also adding a cowbell expert to the group. Drummer Mike Marsh and pianist Bonnie Avett-Rini round out the band as it currently stands.