American Songwriter is the perfect place to release new music from Colorado’s celebrated band Paper Bird. The site premiered “I Don’t Mind” from the band’s new release PAPER BIRD, which hits September 9 on Thirty Tigers. The band is touring throughout their home state this summer, and will headline in September, leading up to Nashville’s prestigious Americana Music Festival on September 24. They will head out on tour with The Ballroom Thieves beginning in November. To pre-order PAPER BIRD, go here. For tickets, go here.
After a songwriting session, world-renowned musician, singer and songwriter John Oates signed on to produce PAPER BIRD, alongside David Kalmusky. The album was recorded and mixed at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville. About the band, Oates claims: “Paper Bird is a band that possesses a sound that’s more than the sum of its parts,” Oates effuses. “It’s the coming together of two perfect trinities. It has three distinctly unique female lead singers whose harmonies blend together as one...united with an inventive, cohesive rhythm section trio. I loved their sound from the first time I heard them and they just keep getting better. They are a true musical family united by a unique and pure artistic vision...a rare quality in this day and age of so much disposable and less than original music.”
The album PAPER BIRD has a sound that blends the engaging vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes and The Lone Bellow with the classic ‘70s stylings of bands like Heart and Fleetwood Mac without imitating or emulating any one of them in particular. Indeed, the new music is rugged, resilient and flush with enthusiasm. It conveys the essence of inspired Americana, while still staying true to its riveting rock regimen.
The album starts with the soulful strut of “To The Light,” and heads into desire and yearning with the single “Don’t Want Half.” With its playful harmonies and rhythms, “I Don’t Mind” captures the ephemeral feelings of love, proclaiming “it’s not easy to be a dreamer, when you’re sleeping with the wind.” Paper Bird merge the musical past with the present on “Sunday,” conjuring up doo-wop, rock and groove sounds.
Paper Bird has three lead vocalists singer Sarah Anderson, singer and keyboard player Genevieve Patterson, and newest member Carleigh Aikins - all of whom blend their voices in seamless three part harmonies. The instrumental duties are shared by bassist Caleb Summeril, guitarist Paul DeHaven (guitar), and drummer Mark Anderson.
Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Paper Bird first emerged from the same environs that launched such outfits as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and the Lumineers. The group has toured extensively throughout the U.S., sharing bills with the aforementioned bands, as well as Daryl Hall & John Oates, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Shakey Graves.