A Symphony for the Road: An Avett Brothers Retrospective Featuring the Photography of Daniel Coston is the first-ever authorized exhibition to detail the ongoing career of one of the most celebrated musical acts to come from North Carolina. The Avett Brothers have seen over twenty years of perpetual growth, working their way through a career that began in front of audiences of a couple of dozen fans to selling out nationally recognized venues such as Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks Amphitheater.
By 2007, the band found national success after the release of their album Emotionalism and in 2008, they signed with famed producer Rick Rubin as part of his American Recordings label. This move propelled the band’s success even further as their album I and Love and You would peak at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 200 Best-Selling Albums Chart in 2010. Since that time, the Avett Brothers have added a full backing band to their stage show and play to a devoted fanbase that stretches across the nation and beyond.
Through the lens of his camera, photographer Daniel Coston documented the monumental growth of the Avett Brothers, beginning with a photoshoot in the Avett family’s garage in 2002. Since that time, Coston has photographed many important career milestones for the band including recording sessions for foundational albums such as Mignonette, Four Thieves Gone, and Emotionalism. For this reason, Coston’s photographs remain some of the best documentation of the Avett Brothers’ career.
Throughout the exhibit, visitors will be treated to over fifty photographic prints, many of which have never been seen by the public. Included are images from early concerts, recording sessions, and many from backstage and behind the scenes. Alongside the photographs will be memorabilia from the collections of Daniel Coston and original Scott Avett concert posters on loan from the collection of Dolphus Ramseur (Ramseur Records).