The Avett Brothers have announced that their ninth album True Sadness will arrive in June. The group revealed the follow-up to 2013's Magpie and the Dandelion in a long open letter penned by Seth Avett that charts the history of the band and their influences on their latest album. True Sadness is out June 24th.
"True Sadness is a patchwork quilt, both thematically and stylistically. Wherein a myriad of contrasting fabrics make perfect sense on the same plane, this album draws upon countless resources from its writers and performers," Seth Avett wrote. "To further propel the expansive color and textural fields of the record, we are blessed to play and perform music with a group of musicians who possess not only great talent, but great interpretive ability. They are an extension of our family and their care for the work at hand (and the project at large) informs a dynamic musical contribution to any piece we proudly give our last name." A full copy of the letter can be read below.
True Sadness marks the fourth consecutive Avett Brothers album to feature Rick Rubin as producer. The album's first single "Ain't No Man" is set to arrive in the coming weeks.
"Sonically, the album is as multidimensional as its makers. The same could be said of its long list of influences," Avett continued. "So the quilt is sewn, in part, with the brightly colored threads of Queen, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimmie Rodgers, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Gillian Welch, Aretha Franklin, Walt Disney, Pink Floyd, Kings of Convenience, calypso of the 1950s and country of the 1930s. Rock and roll is here, as always."
In support of True Sadness, the Avett Brothers will hit the road starting this April through September.
The Avett Brothers Tour Dates
April 7 - Wilmington, NC @ Azalea Festival
April 8 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
April 9 - Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
April 10 - Worcester, MA @ DCU Arena
April 19 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Embassy Theatre
April 21-23 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
April 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
April 30 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
May 5 - Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
May 6 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
May 7 - Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 12 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE Outdoors
May 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center
May 15 - Fairfax, VA @ Eagle Bank Arena
June 2-5 - Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
June 3 & 4 - Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Concert Pavilion
June 9 - St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
June 10 - Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Arena
June 11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
June 14 - Deadwood, SD @ Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center
June 16 - Muskogee, OK @ G Fest
June 18 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 19 - Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater
July 4 - Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point
July 7 - Syracuse, NY @ Landmark Theatre
July 8 - Chautauqua, NY @ Chautauqua Amphitheater
July 9 - Toledo, OH @ Toledo Zoo Amphitheater
July 15-17 - Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
July 21-22 - Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
July 23 - Kent, WA @ ShoWare Arena
July 25 - Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
July 28-30 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 16 - Lincoln, CA @ Thunder Valley Casino Resort
September 16-18 - Del Mar, CA @ Kaaboo Del Mar
Avett Brothers Open Letter