Communal Table Podcast: Joe Kwon

Avett Brothers cellist Joe Kwon talks about food on tour and the pleasure of silence.

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Episode 38: Joe Kwon

If it's a day that ends in "y" Joe Kwon is probably out on tour. He's the cellist for the band the Avett Brothers, whose 10th album "Closer Than Together" recently came out, and that means hitting the road for days and often weeks on end. For a man who finds home and connection through food, this could be a hardship, but he's turned it into a pleasure. Kwon raced down from rehearsal for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about the massive family dinners of his childhood in North Carolina, his drive for musical excellence, and the Korean dishes he craves from his mom's kitchen.

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