Live Shots: Andrew Bird

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Shortly after graduation from Northwestern University with a BA in violin performance, Andrew Bird began his career like so many other twenty-something hopefuls…with a self-released album (Music of Hair, 1996). Over the past 18 years, Bird has soared through dive bars and music festivals, making performance pitstops at landmarks like Carnegie Hall and New Orleans’ Preservation Hall. As the Midwestern multi-instrumentalist and world-class whistler prepares to hit the road again this summer in support of his latest release, I Want to See Pulaski at Night, we take a look back at some of our favorite live shots.

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Woody Guthrie’s Resolutions

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Oh, how I love basking in the optimistic idealism that follows the dawn of a new year!  In 2014, I’m resolving to take flight in an air balloon, cover at least three summer music festivals for Tour Death, assist with an archeological dig in hopes of uncovering some dino bones, give acupuncture a whirl (freaky deaky needles!!), read more books, and see a World Cup game live (Viva Brazil!).

If you’re still struggling to come up with your own set of resolutions, you might glean some inspiration from Woody Guthrie’s  “New Years Rulin’s,” written by the Dust Bowl Troubadour himself in 1942.

Photo Credit: WoodyGuthrie.org

Words of Wisdom: Tim Robbins

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“The first time I remember hearing this song, I was about five years old, at a hootenanny with my mother. I was sitting on her lap…her name was Mary, by the way, and she was really [belting this out]. This is a song about redemption and survival, so you have to sing loudly. When I told [my mom] we were about to go out on the road, she was so happy. She said to me, ‘Make those people sing with you.’ So I figured we could all sing along to this one, the words are pretty simple…”

-Tim Robbins – Tim Robbins and The Rogues Gallery Band

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