Traditional country musician Jim Avett put his family first and spent 35 years building bridges in order to provide for them. This paid off in many ways, not the least of which is the influence he had on his two sons, Scott and Seth, better known as The Avett Brothers.
As a reward for a life well lived, in his retirement Jim has focused on his early love of playing guitar, singing and writing songs, an unbroken thread throughout his life. Jim Avett’s first paying gig was playing Beethoven and Bach on violin on a live radio show. The son of a Methodist minister and a classical pianist, Jim grew up in a home full of love and music. Jim’s guitar was ever present and there was always singing.
After retiring in 2008, he recorded “Jim Avett and Family,” a collection of gospel music, with his children, Bonnie, Scott and Seth. Soon after, in 2010, he released “Tribes,” a collection of original tunes ranging from soulful ballads to the lighthearted, “Fight with a Bottle of Booze”. In Jim’s latest offering, “Second Chance,” the influences of classic country and early rock and roll are apparent.
His shows are a combination of beloved country tunes and his original ballads with the stories he tells to introduce them.
Jim Avett plus Mandi Rae & Goodbye Girls
8 p.m. Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave.
(423) 624-5347, barkinglegs.org