By Maxim Mower
On Wednesday, September 20, The Avett Brothers were recognised for their tremendous and often overlooked influence on roots, Americana, folk and alt-country.
The North Carolina group accepted a coveted Trailblazer Award from Brandi Carlile during the 2023 Americana Honors and Awards ceremony. Elsewhere in the evening, fellow Americana pioneers, Nickel Creek, also received a Trailblazer Award from Kacey Musgraves.
Presenting the award, Carlile shared her admiration for the band and spoke to how hard they've worked over the last several years. "What the Avett Brothers lack in years, they more than made up for in miles. If you take a look at the odometer on those boys, it basically says that they're in their 90s," she quipped.
The Avett Brothers have been at the forefront of the space for a number of years now, following their evolution from indie-pop up-and-comers to an undisputed touchstone for modern Americana.
Their most recent project, 2020's The Third Gleam, consolidated their status at the pinnacle of the genre. The record spawned a plethora of fan-favourites, such as ‘Victory’, ‘I Should've Spent The Day With My Family’ and ‘I Go To My Heart’.
As well as celebrating and championing the finest talent across the genre, the 2023 Americana Honors & Awards offered attendees the chance to witness electrifying performances from the likes of Noah Kahan, 49 Winchester, The War and Treaty, Margo Price and more.
The prestigious event took place at Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium, with the likes of Zach Bryan, Tyler Childers, The War and Treaty, Margo Price, Charley Crockett and Allison Russell all picking up nominations heading into the star-studded ceremony.
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