The Art Director with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra called a while back to ask if I wanted to do a poster. She had a few shows coming up, among them the B-52s and the Avett Brothers.
Tough choice! The B-52s are certainly more famous, and in fact their single Rock Lobster was the first record I bought with my own money, back in 1979! But in truth there wasn’t much question in my mind. I love the Avett Brothers and have been listening to them obsessively for quite a while. I love their mix of bluegrass, punk and Beatlesesque harmonies. I love their lyrics. I love the fact that the two main guys are in fact brothers. I love seeing them live!
Here’s a clip of the band that gives an idea of just how great they really are:
This was one of those lucky jobs where I came up with the perfect idea immediately. Here’s the sketch I drew in my sketchbook the same day I got the call:
Below is some more of my inspiration, a photo I snapped in a church in Italy, under the nose of an angry and watchful security guard:
Here’s how the poster came out! It’s a 13×19 offset litho print. The best part: it’s for sale in my shop!