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Story and photos by Kate Seesholtz"Decide what to be, and go be it." The lyric from the Avett Brothers' song "Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise" rang out through the Ryman Auditorium Friday night. The passion behind those lyrics set the tone for the rest of the folk rock band's sold out set.
While many of the Avett Brothers' songs are somewhat melancholy piano driven ballads, their show is an explosion of high energy. Songs such as "Paranoia in b-flat Major" immediately elicited screams from crowd as they sang and danced along. The night did have somber moments, though. "Salina" showcased a more acoustic tone and highlighted the immense talents of the bands' cellist, Joe Kwon.
As the band exited the stage, brothers Seth and Scott Avett had a chance to connect deeper with the audience. Their voices blended perfectly, to the point it was hard to tell where one vocal ended and the other began. With nothing but a banjo, guitar, and heartfelt lyrics, the brothers shared a microphone on "Tear Down the House."
As the night came to a close the band remarked that Nashville had seemed such an intimidating city to play as they were starting their careers. They thanked the audience for their continued support and encouragement before closing out the night with an encore that included "Kick Drum Heart."
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