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 atSummerstage, 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 (SOLD OUT) Tickets for Rough Trade. 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." Andrew Bird, who has long been a fan and first covered their track "Don't Be Scared" in 2003, toured with the band last Autumn 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), contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller onSonic Arboretum, an installation at New York's Guggenheim Museum and Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art.
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