Get to know the Greatest Fans in the World

Melissa Crilley Pawlyk

Where do you call home? I was born and raised in Brigantine, NJ, but I now call Mt. Pleasant, SC home which is where I have lived for nearly 20 years What was the first album you bought? First Avett one? This is tough to rememer. I remember the first CDs I bought when those came out were Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle) and Dr. Dre (The Chronic). I had a bunch of cassette tapes too, but I forget which ones I bought. My first Avett Brothers Albums were Four Thieves Gone and I and Love and You....bought them at the same time.
What was your first Concert? First Avett Show? I went to my first real concert when I was 13...it was to see New Kids on the Block (Tiffany opened for them)...shame, boatloads of Shame! My first Avett show was in my hometown of Charleston, SC on February 12, 2012.Name 5 songs that are on your Bucket List to get at an Avett Show? Tales of Coming News, The Lowering, Late in Life, Smoke in Our Lights, Walking For YouIs there an Avett lyric that speaks to you? Or, What lyric would be the motto to your life? Their lyrics speak to me in "so many different ways", so I really don't know if I can just pick one. In general, their lyrics make me want to be a better person, live my life to the fullest and just be happy without worrying about what others think. "If I live the life I'm given, I won't be scared to die", "If you have love in your heart, let it show while you can", "Do the best you can and that won't go unseen" and "the day will come, the sun will rise and we'll be fine" all come to mind.What is your favorite Movie? and Book? Movie: The Notebook Book: to be honest, I don't read many books anymoreWhat is your favorite Avett concert moment? Favorite concert moment? So many! I can pick one special moment from each show. We went to Red Rocks for the first time this year (2015), so everything about those 3 nights was absolutely perfect and magical. My favorite single show to date was the Legendary Giveback III in Myrtle Beach...the energy in the room was amazing. If you got to take the Avett Bros out to dinner in your home town where would you go? I live in an amazing food town, so ideally, we would have to do a food tour...we would go to Husk, FIG, Charleston Grill, Carmellas.What are your top 5 Avett Bros songs at the moment? November Blue, Paranoia, Please Pardon Yourself, Incomplete and Insecure, and Left on Laura Left on Lisa...favorite live cover right now is Country BluesHow has the band changed or shaped your life? Their music just makes me happy and has brought some wonderful people into my life. I never understood how people saw the same band over and over again until I went to my first Avett show...I was hooked from the first one. My favorite things about the band are their lyrics, their energy on stage and the fact they are all real, true, honest, genuinely humble people. I find their songs inspirational to me as a mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend. They make me want to be a better person and just enjoy life. I have met so many wonderful people through the band, many whom have become my closest friends...my Avett family. Going to shows is my happy place and I am nothing short of thankful for every experience.Besides The Avett Bros what are some of your favorite bands? There are other bands?! Ha! I like a lot of different music. Currently, I am listening to Shovels & Rope, Shakey Graves, The Lone Bellow, Langhorne Slim...my taste changes all of the time.

 

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Michael Ganz

Where do you call home? Home is Dunmore, Pa What was the first album you bought? First Avett one? 1st Album I bought was Jackson Browne's Running On Empty. 1st Avett album was I & Love & You What was your first Concert? First Avett Show? 1st concert was Billy Idol, 1983. 1st Avett show was Gilford, NH. Sept 25 2011 Name 5 songs that are on your Bucket List to get at an Avett Show? Bucket List: 1. Bella Donna 2. St Joseph's 3. The Lowering 4. The Clearness is Gone 5. PG at The Airport Is there an Avett lyric that speaks to you? Or, What lyric would be the motto to your life? I have 2 lyrics that currently mean a lot to me: "I wanna have friends that I can trust. That love me for the man I've become not the man that I was" " And I can't go back. And I don't want to. Cuz all my mistakes, they brought me to you" What is your favorite Movie? and Book? Favorite Movie is Star Wars Episode IV, but Hoosiers and Field of Dreams are close behind Favorite book is John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley What is your favorite Avett concert moment? Favorite concert moment? Seriously?! One?! Every second of Red Rocks.... If I have to pick one moment, though, Halloween, Asheville, 2014, the entrance during Satan Pulls The Strings If you got to take the Avett Bros out to dinner in your home town where would you go? Dinner in my hometown? A great Italian place called Casa Bella. What are your top 5 Avett Bros songs at the moment? 1.Please Pardon Yourself 2 .Open Ended Life 3 .Laundry Room 4 .If It's The Beaches 5. Murder In The City How has the band changed or shaped your life? How has the band changed my life? That's hard to quantify. Immeasurably. The band's music is one thing. Songs written from a real place. Songs about family, and love...love lost and found. Songs about things that matter. BUT. It's not just the music that has changed my life. The people I've met, people who share my love of the band. They are the best, kindest, most amazing people. I can't imagine my life without them. Besides The Avett Bros what are some of your favorite bands? U2, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, Zac Brown Band...many many others

 

Siggi Tomm

Where do you call home? Reykjavik, Iceland. What was the first album you bought? First Avett one? I believe it was Vs. by Pearl Jam. My first Avett albums were Vol. 2 & 3What was your first Concert? First Avett Show? My guess is Pearl Jam back in 2003 at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. My first Avett show was in London, 2013 Name 5 songs that are on your Bucket List to get at an Avett Show? My number one is easy, Tales of Coming News. The last four spots change quite a bit, but at this moment i´m going with The Strangest Thing, That Notion, Black Blue and The Bloody ApologyIs there an Avett lyric that speaks to you? Or, What lyric would be the motto to your life? “If you have love in your heart let it show while you can”. What is your favorite Movie? and Book? Impossible to name one but I´ll go with a Danish movie called Jagten. I don´t read nearly enough but the last book I read was Sharp Objects and it was pretty good.What is your favorite Avett concert moment? Favorite concert moment? There are a few, but the one I´ll never forget is the smile on Scott´s face during That´s The Way The World Goes Round with John Prine. So much humility, respect and appreciation. Also, the second night at Red Rocks. Being surrounded by fans that are just as crazy as me, if not more, was very special. Dinner in my hometown? I´d definetaly take them to this tiny little hot dog stand here in Reykjavik. It´s been here forever it seems and I think they´d love it. However, if the brothers are paying we´d go someplace fancy!. What are your top 5 Avett Bros songs at the moment? I Wish I Was, Find My Love, The Strangest Thing, True Sadness and Pretty Girl at the Airport.How has the band changed or shaped your life? My girlfriend discovered the band on youtube in 2011 and we instantly fell in love with Laundry Room. Despite that I didn´t give them the chance they deserved and it wasn´t until I saw them in London things started happening, slowly though because I was still hooked on other bands. Early 2014 is when the craziness began. I started listening on youtube and I couldn´t believe what I had been missing. There was a period where I discovered new songs daily and that was incredible, at times it seemed too good to be true. Those were the days! However, before discovering TAB I always thought my love for music couldn´t possibly grow any stronger, but to make a long story short they have taken my love for music to a place I never knew existed. For that I am very grateful.Besides The Avett Bros what are some of your favorite bands? Glen Hansard, Ryan Bingham, The Lone Bellow, Sturgill Simpson, Jd Mcpherson, Pokey, Amos Lee, Bon Iver, Damien Rice, Edward Sharpe, Mumford, Ray Lamontagne, Leon Bridges, Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, John Prine, U2….ok I´ll stop.

 

Marianne Zimmerman

Where do you call home? I was born and raised in Torrance, CA. Right next to Torrance is the tiny town of Lomita, where I have lived for 30+ years.
What was the first album you bought? First Avett one? I don’t remember my first album….maybe The Monkees or Neil Diamond? However, I do remember my first 45 was “Touch Me” by The Doors. I think I was 10 and back then we bought lots of 45’s.
My first Avett album was I And Love And You. I was just getting into them in 2009 and fell in love with it!What was your first Concert? First Avett Show? Bob Dylan and The Band ~ Feb. 1974
First Avett show was Stagecoach Festival~April 2010. I had purchased tickets to their May 2009 L.A. show with Magnolia Electric Co., but didn't go because I couldn’t find a concert buddy to go with.....BIG mistake! frown emoticonName 5 songs that are on your Bucket List to get at an Avett Show? BBecause I’ve been super lucky to attend several 2&3 nighters, I’ve heard a lot of the songs that I hoped I would get someday! I would say these 5 earlier releases would be crazy to hear live: 1. Tales of Coming News 2. Old Wyom 3. Feb. 20, 2000 4. I Love You Still 5. Those Green EyesIs there an Avett lyric that speaks to you? Or, What lyric would be the motto to your life? My heart is dancing…” Love that so much! It’s how I feel at every show! Motto: “Maybe I don’t have to be good but I can try to be at least a little better than I’ve been so far” What is your favorite Movie? and Book? FNot a big movie goer…loved “The Notebook” Book: oh gosh, the last book that I read was “The Custom Of The Sea”, the Mignonette story.
What is your favorite Avett concert moment? Favorite concert moment? So, so many!! At this moment, I’m going with “In The Curve” Red Rocks 2014....so good!
If you got to take the Avett Bros out to dinner in your home town where would you go? I think it would be an all day get together! I work at a tennis/fitness club. We’d start with a yoga class…then play some tennis, and then we’d go up to Nelson’s, on the peninsula, for a sunset dinner overlooking the ocean. They have a fire pit, so afterwards, we’d sit around the fire pit and tell stories.What are your top 5 Avett Bros songs at the moment? I don’t want to think too hard about this, so I’m going with these songs which have been up top for the past 5 years: 1. If It’s The Beaches 2. November Blue 3. Sanguine 4. Please Pardon Yourself 5. Backwards With Time Fave cover: Clay PigeonsHow has the band changed or shaped your life? It’s true that they make you want to be a better person and give when and where you can. I think I’ve definitely become a better person over the past 6 years. Since TAB came into my life, I think my passion for live music has quadrupled! I’ve met a lot of good friends and have been introduced to a lot of great bands because of them......although nothing comes close to the energy of an Avett show! Besides The Avett Bros what are some of your favorite bands? I'm currently listening to….Langhorne Slim!!! Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, Sturgill Simpson, John Fullbright, John Moreland, , Willie Watson, Houndmouth, Chris Stapleton, Ryan Bingham Dave Rawling/Gillian Welch…..... others

 


Laura Scott

Where do you call home? Home? Although I've lived in eastern Maine since 2001, I think I'll always consider Indianapolis my home.
What was the first album you bought? First Avett one?That was a long time ago; I don't remember anymore. The first 45 I got was Benny & the Jets. My first Avett record was Four Thieves Gone.What was your first Concert? First Avett Show? Elton John, circa 1976.My first Avett show was 3/3/14 in Portland, MaineName 5 songs that are on your Bucket List to get at an Avett Show? In no particular order, (1) Smoke on our Lights, (2) Pretend Love, (3) The Lowering, (4) Clearness is Gone, (5) Please Pardon Yourself, (6) PGF Cedar Lane, (7) SSS (couldn't stop at 5)Is there an Avett lyric that speaks to you? Or, What lyric would be the motto to your life? What is your favorite Movie? and Book? Movie? Probably Jesus Christ Superstar
What is your favorite Avett concert moment? Favorite concert moment? First time getting Left on Laura/Left on Lisa, Burlington, VT, 8/9/14. I was standing behind my daughter with my arms wrapped around her shoulders. Scott made eye contact with us & gave us a thumbs-up.If you got to take the Avett Bros out to dinner in your home town where would you go? St. Elmo's Steakhouse in downtown Indy
What are your top 5 Avett Bros songs at the moment? (1) November Blue (live version), (2) Matrimony, (3) True Sadness, (4) Die then Grow, (5) Left on Laura/LisaHow has the band changed or shaped your life? By bringing new friends into my life from around the world & by returning joy & purpose to my life.
Besides The Avett Bros what are some of your favorite bands? The Beatles, The Mountain Goats, Vandaveer, They Might Be Giants