The Avett Brothers 2017 Year in Review—May


There were 6 shows in May including an amazing 3 night run in Port Chester but sadly also the loss of Chris Cornell on May 18th. The Avett Brothers would pay tribute to Chris by covering a couple of his songs. They played 160 songs were played with 89 unique songs during the month of May.  

Cover Stories 

On May 5th the Cover Stories CD released which The Avett Brothers covered Have You Ever. Cover Stories was a charity tribute album to the Brandi Carlile album The Story released in 2007. You can buy this album and Brandi’s new album which Scott painted the album cover due out February 16 here.

May 11-13—Port Chester, New York

Three nights in Port Chester would kick off with Left on Laura, Left on Lisa, Talk on Indolence then Walking for You, so you knew something special happening. Before they played I Wish I Was Seth asked the crowd if they knew what song was next? If you were following you knew that they were playing the complete True Sadness album in order. The only other album they have played at a show is Emotionalism which was done twice although when they did it at Red Rocks it was out of order which Scott was not to happy about. For the encore they would bring out chairs to sit around and play some songs just like they did at Merlefest for the Doc Watson tribute show. The 5 song encore would be all covers.

Night 2 would get two repeats Ain’t No Man and True Sadness. The rest of the set was a bit of everything from their catalog. The Fall is always a fun way to start out a show  with All My Mistakes (one of Dolph’s favorite songs) next. They rest of the set would include Rejects in the Attic, I Killed Sally’s Lover, I and Love and You, and November Blue.


They would bring out the chairs for the encore again where they would discuss Mike’s Wu-Tang shirt and working up a Wu cover and perform one of my favorite covers I Wonder How the Old Folks are at Home.

Night 3 would have many highlights including The Lowering followed by Give me Love. Bob would sing the cover Deal for only the second time and they would end the show with the first original song they played while all sitting down, Life, which is one of my favorite performances of the year.


May 25—Orlando, Florida

Chris Cornell passed away on May 18th. He and the brothers were friends and had plans to work on future projects together. They would open their show at the House of Blues Orlando with Black Hole Sun with Seth playing a guitar that Chris gave him. Seth would also play Preaching the End of the World, another Chris song on piano.

They would also play Neapolitan Sky for the second time, the other time was the Merlefest songwriting workshop.


May 26—Tallahassee, Florida

They would again open with Black Hole Sun and Preaching the End of the World. The crowd would also be treated to St. Joseph’s, Open Ended Life, The Weight of Lies, and the cover And it Stoned Me.




May 27—Banjo-B-Que 

This 20 song festival set would also feature both Chris Cornell songs that they had been covering. The would also play Famous Flower of Manhattan and All My Mistakes which are not your typical festival songs.

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