Cheyenne-Born Musician Scott Avett Shines In New HBO Documentary
Several legendary musicians have lived in Cheyenne, including Sammy Davis, Jr., Neil Diamond, Chris LeDoux and Scott Avett. The Grammy-nominated singer and his band The Avett Brothers are profiled in the new HBO documentary May It Last.
Avett was born in Cheyenne in 1976. Although he now calls North Carolina home, Scott pays tribute to his birthplace in The Traveling Song, singing "I was born out west in Cheyenne town, while my ma and pa was ramblin' around."
Scott's father was a North Carolina-native who came west to pursue a welding career after a stint in the Navy. Jim and Susie Avett originally settled in Alaska, where they welcomed their first child, Bonnie. A job offer brought them to Cheyenne two years later, where Scott was born. With two small children, the family moved back to North Carolina. Their youngest son Seth arrived four years later.
Growing up, music played an important role for the Avett boys. Jim taught his sons how to play guitar and they both sang in church. In 2000, Scott and Seth formed a band and began touring.
Over the years, their popularity has grown and they are now considered among the top bluegrass and folk artists in the country. Their latest release, 2016's True Sadness debuted at #3 on the Billboard Album Chart and spawned the hit single "Ain't No Man".
May It Last: A Portrait Of the Avett Brothers was directed by acclaimed producer Judd Apatow. The film showcases the history of the band and the making of their recent album and tour.