The Avett Brothers formed at the turn of the century in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, with a lineup that has remained constant to this day. Brothers Scott Avett (banjo and vocals) and Seth Avett (guitar and vocals), along with Joe Kwon (cello) and Bob Crawford (double bass), are the core band. The group is joined by additional members when they are on tour, and The Avett Brothers have the reputation of being a great high-energy live band. True Sadness is their ninth studio album, with Rick Rubin returning as producer. Despite the fact that the record is titled True Sadness, the overall impression is one of joy and hope.