There has always been something traditional about Andrew Bird. Though most of the songs that Bird creates over his successful career have been steeped in beautiful sophistication and experimental endeavors; beneath all the loops and orchestration, the music of Andrew Bird appeals because there is a direct simplicity to them. Stripped down, they are not much different really from the hand-me-down folk songs of the past. It is no surprise therefore when I found that Andrew Bird is releasing an all cover albums of old-timey folk and bluegrass songs by The Handsome Family called Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…
It makes sense really. Andrew Bird have been doing covers of The Handsome Family on his live shows for years now. He even had them be his openers for his tour last year. And when Bird started recruiting members for his latest band Hands of Glory (which includes the ever-wonderful Tift Merritt) and began doing intimate stripped-down acoustic shows earlier this year, you know that Bird was planning to do the traditional folk route soon.
And it translated wonderfully. Stripped to its bare essentials and devoid of its loops, Bird’s violin still shines assuredly amongst these cover songs. This is a nice little detour for Andrew Bird. One than fans of his works and fans of old-timey folk and blue-grass can both enjoy.
Listen to single Tin Foiled embedded below.
Andrew Bird – Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Off… comes out 6/3 via Wegawam Music (order here)