On this day in Avett Bros History! September 15, 2001 Bob Crawford had to make a choice.

On this day in Avett Bros History!

Bob Crawford was in two bands on this date in 2001, The Memphis Quick 50 and The Avett Brothers. It was the first Saturday after the September 11th attacks and both bands had a gig that night. Bob planned on playing his gig with the Memphis Quick 50 at The Evening Muse in Charlotte then driving 5 1/2 miles over to Pucketts to play a show with The Avett Brothers.

(Bob talks about how he found out about the September 11th attacks on the latest Road to Now Podcast. Subscribe on iTunes and follow on Twitter its worth it)

Memphis Quick 50 

Photo by Daniel Coston

Led by CT Stephenson, The Memphis Quick 50 which Daniel Coston once described as “Wilco songs played by the Velvet Underground” was started in 1999 and broke up in 2003. Bob joined early on and plays bass on their self titled CD that was released in 2002. The bands other members included: Clay Johnson, Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Webster, Charlie Heard, John Snipes, Matt Hemmings and Chris Conry.

The video below is the song Ten Inch Taco from their self titled CD and has several pictures of Bob so check it out.


This one is a live performance from July, 14, 2001 at Studio 23 of a Uncle Tupelo song Wait Up with Bob on electric bass.


September 15, 2001

First up for Bob on this night was playing with the Memphis Quick 50 at The Evening Muse. They were openers for the Suburban Love Junkies along with The Lost Trailors. The Lost Trailors canceled so the Memphis Quick 50 were asked to play a longer set but Bob had a gig at Puckett’s with The Avett Brothers. He was faced with a choice to stay and finish his set or leave and get kicked out the band. He started this day in two bands but not fully committed to either. He decided to go all in with The Avett Brothers so he left and was kicked out of the Memphis Quick 50.  Bob talked a little bit about that show at Puckett in a 2009 interview with Jon Matsumoto for the Mercury Times.

“The first gig that felt like we were a band was on the Saturday after Sept. 11, 2001,” he recalls. “We’ve been playing and touring ever since.”

I luckily own the Memphis Quick 50 CD and enjoy listening to it, so if you come across a copy I would definitely pick it up. We will never know what would have happened if Bob stayed to finish that set. All I know for sure is there would be no Avett Brothers without Bob Crawford.

Photo by Daniel Coston