Avett Brothers


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On March 3, 2016, the band published an open letter announcing their ninth full-length studio album, True Sadness. In the letter, Seth Avett wrote, "True Sadness is a patchwork quilt, both thematically and stylistically. " The album, released on June 24, 2016, debuted at number 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and topped the U. S. Folk and U. S. Top Rock charts. The album received a mix of positive and negative critical reviews. Entertainment Weekly praised the band's experimentation and "willingness to tear down boundaries" while Pitchfork criticized the "baffling layers of synthesizers in what feels like a ploy to push the Avetts into clear Top 40 territory. " The album was nominated for two awards, as Best Americana Album and Best Americana Roots Performance (the album's lead single, "Ain't No Man"), at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. In October 2016, the band was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. On January 31, 2017, it was announced that a documentary about the production of True Sadness, entitled May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio, would premiere at the 2017 South by Southwest film festival. The documentary was released on HBO on January 29, 2018.