Avett Brothers' fans use Twitter to petition band to play song in Knoxville

James Trimble of the The Dirty Guv'nahs took this photo of Scott Avett, left, and Seth Avett at the Knoxville concert Thursday night.

James Trimble of the The Dirty Guv'nahs took this photo of Scott Avett, left, and Seth Avett at the Knoxville concert Thursday night.

One song. That's all Jessica Boyd wanted to hear at the Avett Brothers' concert last night. She and friends even started a Twitter campaign about two weeks ago to petition the band to perform "Distraction #74" at the concert, which was at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

"I'm pretty sure this was the fifth time I'd seen the Avett Brothers, and I'd never heard them play my favorite song," she said.

The Concord, N.C., folk-rock band is made up of two brothers, Seth Avett on guitar and Scott Avett on banjo, and friend Bob Crawford on stand-up bass. Joe Kwon, on cello, and Mike Marsh, on drums, are touring members of the band.

Boyd's friend Eric Savage started the Twitter handle @Dstrctn74inKnox. "We didn't really gain that many followers with the account, but we sure did tweet (at the Avett Brothers) a lot!" Boyd said.

Boyd was brought to tears when the group played "Distraction #74" at the beginning of the show. "I'm not really sure if we had much to do with that because they never responded to us, but I'd like to think it was because of us. And yes, after years of listening to these guys and loving that song, it was as amazing to hear live, as I thought it'd be."

Crowd favorites from last night's concert included "Head Full of Doubt" off "I and Love and You" album, "Go to Sleep" from the "Emotionalism" album, "Colorshow" from "Four Thieves Gone", "When I Drink" from "The Gleam" and "I and Love and You" from the "I and Love and You" album.

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