Gospel Wise

Jim Avett makes his North Bay debut

Update: This show has been canceled. Call the Mystic at 707.775.6048 for refunds/details.

Gospel and folk singer-songwriter Jim Avett is probably best known to contemporary music fans as the father of North Carolina folk-rock siblings the Avett Brothers, Seth and Scott, who often reference his paternal guidance in their song lyrics and in interviews.

“They think a lot more of their daddy than they ought to,” laughs Avett. Despite his demure attitude, Avett is an undeniable influence on his sons, not only in his harmony-rich acoustic music, but also in his work ethic and altruistic approach to creativity. “When you’re trying to be creative, you’re trying to affect people’s lives,” he says. “You’re not trying to make money and be famous—that’ll come well enough. You just have to be the best you can be.”

At 70 years old, Avett has seen it all, and has recently added to his career highlights a new album, For His Children and Ours, that he recorded with his sons. The album features traditional gospel and country-gospel songs done in evocative three-part harmony. “I think you can tell how good a person’s life is by how much harmony is in their life,” says Avett. “And I’m not just talking about music.”

Jim Avett performs a seated solo show on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Mystic Theatre & Music Hall. 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma. 7:30pm. $22. 707.775.6048.