Back in 2009, I interviewed the Avett Brothers’ upright bassist Bob Crawford just before the release of their Rick Rubin-produced major label debut, I and Love and You. We talked about the band’s evolution as they’re getting older.

“A lot of the themes are getting broader and deeper,” Crawford says. “In the old days, you had those pretty girl songs and songs about guys and girls being in love. Being in love, courtship and dating and heartbreak and cars and traveling seem to be a lot of our older themes. I think as people grow and go into different phases in their lives, they get older and you get a family and begin to deal with other issues. I think that a lot of the songs on this record kind of touch on the next phase in life.”

You can read the full interview here.


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