added: 16 Oct 2012 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
'Three White Horses" is available as an immediate download with all pre-orders of Hands of Glory at http://www.andrewbird.net
This new record from Andrew Bird out in the UK on November 6th, is the product of a pair of recording sessions prompted by the overwhelming response to his 'old-time' sets on recent tours. Reinterpreting songs from Break It Yourself and featuring covers of classic country tunes, these 'old-time' performances find Bird and his full band playing to a single microphone with an entirely acoustic setup. Drawing inspiration from these sets, Hands of Glory features two brand new original tracks, a new interpretation of 'Orpheo Looks Back' from Break It Yourself and covers of Townes Van Zandt, the Handsome Family, Alpha Consumer and others.
'The past three summers now we've had these band get-togethers at my barn in western Illinois,' Bird recalls. 'They begin with little more pretense than to capture the way we make music together. After a few days sleeping, eating and jamming under one roof we get increasingly inspired and ambitious about what we're doing.'
Of recording the new record, he notes that, 'Hands of Glory begins with two songs we actually recorded in a church in Louisville on a day off on our July tour. The rest was recorded around a single microphone at the barn in August. We ended up putting the drums on the back porch. I hated to exile Martin like that but it just sounded better. 'Something Biblical' I started writing in July well into the severe drought that hit the Midwest this summer. I kept having dreams of a great flood. Nothing biblical-just a local deluge. The day we left the barn it rained pretty hard.'
Since its Billboard Top 10 debut, Break It Yourself has continued to receive rave reviews. In celebration of the record's release Bird appeared on 'The Colbert Report', 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' (stream - http://bit.ly/He1rUR) and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' as well as NPR's 'Weekend Edition.'
1) Three White Horses (premiered by Pitchfork - listen here)
2) When That Helicopter Comes
4) Railroad Bill
5) Something Biblical
6) If I Needed You
8) Beyond the Valley of the Three White Horses