Avetts show their "True Sadness"
Friday, June 24, 2016 – The Avett Brothers are out today with "True Sadness," the band's first release since 2013's "Magpie and the Dandelion." The raucous sound of the past is more subdued with a chunk of the album falling in the Americana segment. "Ain't No Man" was the lead single from the band's ninth album. The band, led by Scott and Seth Avett, merge Beatles-esque, folk and harder-edged sounds and even get.
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