It hasn't even been 11 full months since released The Carpenter, the North Carolina band's most recent collection of poignant and infectious, bluegrass-inflected folk-rock. And, given the lengthy touring cycle that each major album release generally spawns — the Avetts of last month's Newport Folk Festival with songs from The Carpenter — fans had no reason to expect new music this year.
And yet here we are, on the brink of another full-length Avett Brothers record, titled Magpie and the Dandelion, due out Oct. 15. For fans accustomed to two- and three-year waits between albums, Magpie and the Dandelion's very existence comes as something of a surprise — and you don't even have to wait at all to hear the first single from the record, "Another Is Waiting." You can stream the song here or tune in to one of NPR Music's many public radio station partners airing the song exclusively throughout the day.