The Avett Brothers have shared their timely new music video for their rendition of Woody Guthrie’s American classic, “This Land Is Your Land.”
The cinematic piece was directed by the Emmy-winning Samuel Bayer, whose credits include some of the most iconic music videos of all time.
During a difficult, dizzying and divisive time in America, the video is a labor of love for both the band and director, intended to offer solace, comfort and unity among all people. Filmed across the U.S. and capturing the humanity and patchwork of the country’s rich and diverse culture, Bayer made stops in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans and the Navajo Nation, ultimately landing in North Carolina to film The Avett Brothers’ moving performance. Utilizing the brand new RED Komodo mini-digital cinema camera, and one-of-a-kind set of vintage Zeiss Super Speed lenses, Bayer’s creation is visually stunning, successfully marrying the striking images to the enduring music the band authentically delivers…
Speaking about the video, Seth Avett comments, “Samuel has highlighted the timelessness of perhaps the most quintessential American folk song by creating a timeless music video marrying performance with the most lovely imagery of American people. We are honored to be a part of such an endeavor in the likeminded spirit of unity and love.” Samuel Bayer, adds, “Early in the lockdown, I was traveling across America working on a documentary about the COVID virus. While visiting testing sites in vulnerable populations, I was listening to The Avett Brothers music and was inspired to make a music video. I contacted them and told them I wanted to hear their interpretation of Woody Guthrie’s classic anthem, ‘This Land is Your Land.’ I traveled to North Carolina and filmed The Avett Brothers performing the song live in their home studios and combined that with imagery filmed around America. This is a hopeful video during a time where the Country is so divided and I hope Americans will be inspired to be thoughtful during this trying time.”