The first three songs on 'The Carpenter,' the new studio album from the Avett Brothers, might be as close to perfect as one will find on a country (or country leaning) album in 2012. All three stick with you like a first kiss with the love you're meant to share your life with. You're dying to repeat it again and again, sure you'll never grow weary.
The Avett Brothers followed a path to fame and recognition rarely traced by today's young singers in country music. With the invent of reality TV -- and to a lesser degree, YouTube -- fewer stars are working their way out of small town music scenes to the big stages of Nashville, Los Angeles and New York City. 'I and Love and You' (2009) was the Concord, N.C. group's major label debut, but by then