The Avett Brothers' Scott Avett digs deep into his folk-music roots with this performance of Froggy Went A-Courtin', an English folk song that dates back at least 400 years.
The Avett Brothers' history with North Carolina's MerleFest doesn't go quite that far back, but this year will mark the group's sixth appearance at the four-day music festival, which takes place April 25-28 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.
Avett's performance is a nod to the late guitarist Doc Watson, who hosted the festival before his passing in May 2012. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in the memory of Watson's son, Merle Watson.
The North Carolina-based Avett Brothers built a huge grassroots following for their high-energy folk-pop before releasing their fifth album and major-label breakthrough, I and Love and You, in 2009. The band's latest release, The Carpenter, is up for Best Americana Album at Sunday's Grammy Awards.
In addition to the Avetts, this year's MerleFest lineup includes more than 80 acts from the world of acoustic music, including the Charlie Daniels Band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Mountain Heart and Rhonda Vincent & the Rage. Tickets are available through MerleFest.org.
The video is released through Crackerfarm (Mike Beyer), who has been documenting the Avett Brothers since 2005. Crackerfarm is currently working on a full-length feature documentary chronicling the band's career.