Andrew Bird is a masterful and intuitive singer/songwriter, and what he does while performing — alternately plucking and bowing his violin, then immediately sampling the results, layering the sounds with guitar, whistling, glockenspiel and vocals — bears little resemblance to what most people might expect. It's only one of several devices in his arsenal of instruments, melodies and imaginative wordplay.
Bird’s nearly 20-year career begins in 1996 when he self-released his first solo album, Music of Hair. Vastly different from his later work, this album showcased his violin skills and paid tribute to his fascination with both American and European folk traditions, as well as jazz and blues. His other solo work includes 2003’s Weather Systems, 2005’s The Mysterious Production of Eggs, 2007’s Armchair Apocrypha and 2009’s Noble Beast. He is currently touring his most recent release, Break It Yourself.
In addition to his collaborative work with the band Squirrel Nut Zippers in the mid 1990s (appearing on three of their albums – Hot, Sold Out and Perennial Favorites), Bird released Thrills in 1997 with his group Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire. That album was followed by Oh! The Grandeur in 1998 and The Swimming Hour in 2001. Click here to see a video of Bird performing at the Rolling Stone studio.
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