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The Avett Brothers Called ‘Fearless’ Before 2011 CMT ‘Artists of the Year’ Performance

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The Avett Brothers brought the room to their feet at Tuesday night’s ‘Artists of the Year 2011′ broadcast on CMT. The pre-taped performance was the only one of the night that didn’t honor one of the five CMT Artists of the Year. This unconventional choice was clearly appreciated by everyone on hand.

Cameras panned over artists like Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley watching in amazement as the alt-country/bluegrass/insert-genre-here band from North Carolina played their hit ‘Laundry Room.’ The song is praised for its poetic lyrics. ‘Laundry Room’ is the story of young, forbidden love over a rocking, banjo driven country track.

The two brothers, Scott and Seth, and their fellow band members finished the song with screams and a flurry of acoustic strumming. While the Avett Brothers are hardly well-known names on country radio, they’re appreciated by the artists honored during the broadcast. Perhaps men like Kelley, Jason Aldean or Brad Paisley will try to duplicate their adventuresome facial hair. Can you imagine Kenny Chesney with a trucker mustache?

Watch the Avett Brothers Perform ‘Laundry Room’

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