Chad Smith: Bob from Jersey. “I’m all the way over here.’ What did you think of these guys when you first saw them?
Bob Crawford: I met them at a Media Play parking lot.
Chad Smith: A what?
Bob Crawford: It was like a record store; a big box record store. They got out of the car, and they were wearing cut-off shorts and flannel shirts. I didn’t know what to think. I was told that they were bluegrass.
Chad Smith: What year is it?
Bob Crawford: 2001. I was told they were bluegrass.
Chad Smith: Had you heard of the Avett Brothers at this point?
Bob Crawford: I was at the first gig. I heard that these guys, this bluegrass band, needed a bass player. I was looking for a job. We just got out in the middle of the parking lot and started playing.
Chad Smith: In the parking lot? Begging for money?
Seth Avett: We were just playing; we played some songs in the parking lot.
Chad Smith: Really? You played songs in the parking lot?
Bob Crawford: Then we just parted ways. We played five songs and said, “OK, talk to you later.”