Andrew Bird will embark on a North American tour this summer with his band Hands of Glory (Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton(bass), Eric Heywood, (pedal steel) Kevin O'Donnell (drums)) including dates at Summerstage, Telluride, and Bonnaroo. The tour begins June 6th with a special live appearance on Studio 360 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and two intimate shows at Rough Trade NYC on June 7. Tickets for Rough Trade go on-sale Friday, May 16 at 12 P.M. EST. The tour will celebrate the release of Bird's collection of The Handsome Family covers, Things are Really Great Here, Sort Of... out June 3.
The Handsome Family is husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks, who have collaborated as a couple for more than 20 years. The band has garnered widespread clinical acclaim, Spin says "The songs are an effortless blend of vintage country and pre-rock 'n' roll pop, but New Mexico's Handsome Family are no cutesy nostalgia act." Bird, who has long been a fan and first covered their track "Don't Be Scared" in 2003, toured with the band last fall and began working on this collection. Things are Really Great Here, Sort Of... includes an updated rendition of "Don't Be Scared," along with "Far From Any Road," the main title theme song for the HBO series True Detective.
The new album follows Bird's 2013 release of the 7 track EP I Want to See Pulaski at Night, and his 2012 release Hands of Glory, which was dubbed to be "A quiet, careful grower.it blooms into something beautiful." by NPR, while gaining praise from Rolling Stone, calling Bird a man whose "emotional urgency energizes his fluid multi-instrumental elocution."
Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist, Andrew Bird, picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and gypsy music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop. Since beginning his recording career in 1997 he has released 11 albums, his first solo record Weather Systems coming in 2003. Bird has gone on to record with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at New York's Carnegie Hall. Most recently Bird composed his first ever film score for the movie Norman (hailed as "a probing, thoughtful score" by The New York Times; available now on Mom + Pop), contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation at New York's Guggenheim Museum and Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.
ANDREW BIRD TOUR DATES
June 6 Studio 360 WNYC Radio Love Fest at BAM Harvey Theater Brooklyn, NY
June 7 Rough Trade Brooklyn, NY
June 8 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
June 9 Lincoln Theatre Washington, DC
June 10 Cat's Cradle Carrboro, NC
June 12 Orange Peel Asheville, TN
June 13 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
June 15 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK
June 16 The Paramount Theater Austin, TX
June 20 Chautauqua Boulder, CO
June 21 Telluride Telluride, CO
July 2 Power Center Ann Arbor, MI
July 4 Toronto Urban Roots Fest Toronto, ON
July 5 Ottawa Blues Fest Ottawa, ON
July 6 Jazz Fest Montreal, QC
July 8 Summerstage New York, NY
July 10 Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center Hanover, NH
July 11 The Klein Bridgeport, CT
July 12 Lowell Summer Music Series Lowell, MA
July 18 Vancouver Folk Fest Vancouver, BC
July 24 Calgary Folk Fest Calgary, AB
July 26 Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton, AB
August 1 Henry Miller Library Big Sur, CA
August 2 Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
August 3 Sigmund Stern Grove San Francisco, CA
September 19 Humphrey's San Diego, CA
September 21 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
Photograph by Shervin Lainez