Avett Brothers sign to Columbia

    In his endless quest to sign bands with inexplicable indie cred, Columbia Records big cheese Rick Rubin has signed North Carolina alt-country rockers, the Avett Brothers. The band seem like an unlikely choice to jump to major, as their total discography on Ramseur Records has moved only 121,000 copies (including 45,000 of 2007’s Emotionalism), but the band’s recent EP, Second Gleam, debuted at number 82 on the Billboard 200.

    The band’ next album will be helmed by Rubin himself, and should be out sometime in 2009.


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