Album: I And Love And You.
I honestly don’t know that much about the Avett Brothers, but I’m gonna talk on them anyway. And like most of their best songs, “Ten Thousand Words” could have fallen off one of the Harry Smith Anthologies.
Somehow, the recent roots-music boomlet that somehow transported the perfectly competent Mumford & Sons into chart-topping, radio-dominating monsters left the Avett Brothers completely out in the cold.
And that’s a shame, because this song is timeless in a way that most roots-oriented folks can only approximate. You can have all of the fiddles and banjos you want, but that doesn’t mean you can come up with a tune that could have been anytime since 1850 or a chorus that applies equally to Facebook or sitting around a campfire.
“Ain’t it like most people – I’m no different – we love to talk on things we don’t know about.”
“Ten Thousand Words” performed live on the Farm
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