“Slammed” Free Download–Review and Interview with Avett Fan and author Colleen Hoover


A fellow Avett fan Colleen Hoover has written a book that is available for the next two days to be downloaded for free from Amazon.com. It is a book that the Avett Brothers lyrics and approach to music/poetry as an art are woven throughout. It is a quick read (took me about 5 hours or so even with my crazy kids over the holiday), but well worth the time spent. The story of Lake and Will and their struggles in life and death to either be together or not are genuine and I found myself pulling for them every step of the way. There is also an interesting dynamic called Poetry Slam which I had never heard of, but am so intrigued by after reading the book. Colleen does an excellent job relating poetry to music and the important role both can play in the healing process and expressing your true emotions. 

I paid the hefty pre-free $4.99 for the book and don’t regret, take advantage of the free offer for the next few days. You won’t regret that investment.  Best of luck with the book Colleen!!

Here is the interview with Colleen about the book:

Avettbrosfans: What was your motivation to write your first book?
Hoover: “Decide what to be and go be it.” I’ve always loved to write in my spare time. After I heard those lyrics, I knew it’s what I wanted to be. It took me a while to actually ‘go be it’, but I eventually sat down to write my first book. It started when my 8 year old son auditioned for a part in a community theater play. For two months, I would get off work at six o’clock and take him to practice and have to sit in the audience for 3 hours. I ended up bringing my laptop with me to listen to music, read, whatever…just to pass the time. Well, I had been watching performances on youtube for slam poetry and thought it would be an interesting fiction subject to read about, so I tried to search for a fiction novel on the subject. Well, turns out, I couldn’t find any. So I decided I would just write one myself. I started jotting down notes around December 1st and once I put the pen to paper…it just came out.

Avettbrosfans: Being a huge Avett fan, I loved all the references throughout the book. How did you manage to make the quotes and references fit into the book?
Hoover: The Avett Brothers are such a huge part of bringing back my passion for writing. Their lyrics are sometimes just so profound, it amazes me. I knew I wanted to reference them in the book, just to give them a ‘shout out’ in case anyone ever read the book that had never heard of The Avett Brothers. I had this dream that somehow, through my book, I could return a favor to them for all the joy they have brought me. I ended up finishing the book, then dividing it into chapters. I used lyrics to correlate with each chapter that I felt ‘fit’ the events of that chapter. When I was finished, it all fit together so well it seemed as though their lyrics were written for my book.

Avettbrosfans: Tell us more about how you became an Avett fan and why you obviously love them so much.
Hoover: I was was watching some videos on youtube, looking for music. I’ve never been into ‘mainstream’ music and tended to listen to more stuff from before I was born like Cat Stevens. I ran across ‘Murder in The City’ and actually laughed. I thought that it was a joke. I couldn’t imagine that those beards were for real. By the time the song had finished, I was hooked. I stayed up for hours searching videos of every single song I could find. I downloaded all of their music from itunes that night. I’ve been a huge fan since.

Avettbrosfans: I could really feel the connection between Lake and Will in the book and was for them every step of way. Their love at first sight was so believable in the book. Where did your idea for them and their story come from?
Hoover: Actually, once I started writing, I didn’t really have an outline. I love ‘If it’s the Beaches’ and would listen to it as I wrote. I believe that song is such a powerful love song, that I had to portray their connection with that sort of intensity.

Avettbrosfans: I was fascinated with the poetry slam concept in the book. Do you slam? Tell us more about it and why it interests you.
Hoover: I have never slammed…I wouldn’t have the nerve. I actually first heard of it through a documentary on HBO called ‘Brave New Voices’. The young people that performed the poetry just enthralled me. It was amazing. To have that kind of passion and bravery and put it all out there is extremely captivating. I admire everyone that is able to do it, and couldn’t think of a better group of people to introduce to the reader than slam poets.

Avettbrosfans: The names are so interesting in the book Layken, Caulder, Kel and Eddie for a girl. Where did you come up with those?
Hoover: Well, Layken would have been my daughter’s name if they all wouldn’t have turned out to be boys. :) Kel is actually the name of one of my boys, although I spell his name ‘Cale’. After I filled out his birth certificate, I immediatley regretted not spelling it ‘Kel’. Eddie is my father’s name. He passed away 7 years ago. I have no idea where I got Caulder from. It just sort of came out as I was writing.

Avettbrosfans: Is this just the beginning of the Lake and Will story? Will we see more about them in the future?
Hoover: I didn’t plan on writing a sequel with this cast of characters. However, based on the feedback it seems as though I’ll be cut off from a lot of my friends if I don’t. I’ve currently got a few ideas running around in my mind for a sequel, but right now I’m taking some time off. I just finished the book last week….maybe I’ll give myself a two week break. If the next one goes as smoothly as this one did, hopefully I’ll have something by Valentine’s!

Well, Colleen best of luck and we can’t wait to see what’s next for you, Will and Lake, and of course the Avetts!

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Happy New Year!!

It has been a great year with a lot of Avett memories! We are looking forward to another good one in 2012 with new music and great concerts!

Thank you all for making it a fun year on this site and to be an Avett fan! I hope you all have a wonderful night tonight whether you are at the shows or home with your families!

Take care and bring on 2012!

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Truth & Salvage Co. Food Drive November 4th at The Vogue in Indy

truth-and-salvage-pic After our roaring success with the food drive at the Indianapolis Avett show, their opener Truth & Salvage Co. wanted to continue to give back to the Indianapolis community when they return here November 4th to play The Vogue Theatre (venue of the a few Avett shows in the past) with JJ Grey.

So if you are in the Indy area, come out and enjoy more Truth & Salvage Co., JJ Grey and here’s another opportunity to support Gleaners Food Bank and the hungry in Indiana!

WHAT: Los Angeles based Americana Soul band, Truth & Salvage Co. along with TheAvettBrothersFans.com, JJ Grey and Mofro and WTTS will host a canned food drive benefiting Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana at the Vogue Theatre.

Concert goers and community members are encouraged to bring canned food and cash donation to the Vogue Theatre in Indianapolis prior to the 8 PM show on November 4, 2011. Truth & Salvage Co. and JJ Grey and Mofro will raffle off signed merchandise and free concert tickets prior to the show that night.

WHO: Truth & Salvage Co., TheAvettBrothersFans.com, JJ Grey and Mofro, WTTS and Vogue Theatre.

WHEN: November 4, 2011
Anytime prior to the 8:00 pm show

WHERE: The Vogue
6258 N. College Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220

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I & Love & You Review/Reflection

Here is a review of I & Love & You from a while back by Jared Jernagen from the Greencastle Banner, a small town Indiana newspaper. I hadn’t read it before, but it came to my attention because someone had spammed the Avett Boards on their site and brought this to the forefront with a new post.

It is nice to read these older reviews and posts sometimes now that the dust has settled a little and to reflect back on the music. As we look forward to the new album coming out sometime soon, it is great to hear how we have come to this point. I think The Avett Brothers have accomplished something rare in keeping their base of older/let’s call us original fans engaged and still loving their music as they grow and change as artists and their music reaches a broader audience. It’s hard to do and they are doing it with their beautifully crafted lyrics and harmonies–and of course their killer live shows.

So, here is the article. Thanks to my fellow Indiana Avett fan. Way to bring the Avett music to Greencastle, IN!

Check out the Review

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The Avett Brothers at the Americana Music Awards

Again Congratulations to The Avett Brothers for winning Best Group/Duo at the Americana Music Awards this week! It is their third win (2007, 2010, 2011). It is great to see them get the recognition they deserve.

Here is a link to their performance of their newer song “The Once and Future Carpenter” at the historic Ryman theater that night! I first heard this song in South Bend, IN in January.  The place was silent for almost the whole song and we all knew that this was a special song after hearing “If I live the life I’m given, I won’t be scared to die..” It is such a beautiful line (among many others too) and just goes to prove what wonderful songwriters these guys are!  If this song is any indication of what is to come on the new album, we are in store for a treat! Enjoy and remember we’re all in this together!

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Let’s help Hallie & Bob Crawford!

All of our hearts are breaking about the sad sad news of Bob’s daughter Hallie’s fight with cancer. Bob’s Message about Hallie.  I received an email this week from Karen Shumaker with a great idea!

hallie So, what can we do besides feel sad, hope and pray that Hallie gets better and Bob’s family has the support he needs in a time like this. This weekend in Indy Scott was wearing this bracelet that has Hallie’s name on it, which is incredibly touching and sweet and I am sure keeps the Crawford family in his thoughts and prayers.  Then Karen emailed me a great idea and I challenge you all to be a part of this and pass it along to people you know in and outside of the Avett community.

Let’s make a donation to either The American Cancer Society or Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation that The Avett Brothers mentioned on Facebook this week for families with children who have cancer.

Donate to The American Cancer Society
Here you can make an online donation in honor of Hallie Crawford and send an honor card for free.
Let’s see if we can overwhelm Ramseur and Bob with our love and donations.
Send them to Ramseur Records for Bob.
Bob Crawford
c/o Ramseur Records
6565 Foothills Ln.
Concord, NC 28025

Donate to Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation You can mail in a check for a donation, but there isn’t an option to donate online. It does look like a really great organization.

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Food Drive and Indy Show

Saturday, October 1st was truly an amazing day. I was looking forward to my 14th Avett Brothers show and that usually is enough to make it a great day in itself, but there was more to this day. food-drive  I organized, with the help of the wonderful people at Live Nation, White River State Park and The Avett Brothers, a food drive to benefit Gleaners, a local food bank. Here’s how it all unfolded that special night.

We filled about 10 fifty five gallon barrels of food and raised $2,014 in cash donations! That is truly phenomenal. The cash donations themselves will provide meals for 10,070 people here in central and southern Indiana. With the canned donations, we raised enough to feed about double the people who attended the show!

People showed up from all over (IL, OH, WV to name a few) with canned goods in their hands. They reached into their pockets and made generous donations. Even though there was one entry for the guitar per person no matter how much they donated or if they even donated at all, people guitar-winner were donating $5-20 along with the cans they brought. Mary Vaccari, who won the autographed guitar traveled in from Illinois with her kids and brought can goods all the way with her. The generosity of the Avett fans who were at the show was overwhelming and humbling.

I can tell you that this was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had and this whole endeavor from start to finish has heightened my belief in the true goodness of people– from those who donated raffle items to those who donated their time to the fans who donated food and money.

Oh yeah then I got to hear the Avetts deliver a killer show full of energy in the f-f-freezing Indiana weather! It was a glorious night. Thank you all for being a part of it!

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AvettBrothersFans.com Food Drive Radio Interview

Here is a link to my radio interview on Indianapolis’s WZPL 99.5, my107.9 and WXNT 1430 about the food drive Saturday October 1st in Indy! It was such a good time. I was a little nervous, but we chatted about the band, the music, the website and the food drive. Have a listen and don’t give me too hard of a time!

See you Saturday at the show! Bring your canned goods!

Click here to listen to the MP3 of the interview.

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