Live Video: Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield sing Elliott Smith

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Everyone seems to have a story about their love for Elliott Smith. For Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield, theirs might have started with a dog. The two friends bonded over Smith’s songs after Mayfield introduced Avett to her adopted pooch, Elliott. Ongoing conversations about their shared reverence led to a collaborative cover of “Twilight” while JLM toured with The Avett Brothers, and eventually the two recorded enough songs to fill an entire album. “It felt very right and very alive”, Seth Avett says of the experience, and truly the two infuse a warm vitality to Smith’s bittersweet melodies with their own lightly twanged renditions, illuminating the hope that resides beside the heartache. Watch the entire session here:

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