Band of Horses singer Ben Bridwell is going solo, and he’s chosen one hell of a moniker: Birdsmell. The name reflects the free-wheeling nature of the project, which Bridwell is quick to admit in an issued statement:
“While living in Minneapolis in 2008, I covered the George Harrison song, ‘Your Love Is Forever’ with some buddies of mine. The track ended up being released on a Starbucks compilation. A few years later, I enlisted those same musicians to record some songs of mine that had been sitting around for far too long, some of which could be said to be uncomfortably silly and devoid of all reasonable taste. I wasn’t exactly in a rush to get them out to the discerning earholes of the public. Regardless, this project was pure enjoyment for me and it was nice to not give a damn about anything, but having fun recording these songs. I’ve now decided to take this approach on the road on the Birdsmell tour, which will be coming to a Deep Southern town near you this fall.”
Bridwell stresses, however, that he does “give damn about playing for everyone and I will try very hard to make the shows enjoyable.” The tour stretches most of November and features support from songwriter Bryan Cates and Archers of Loaf’s Matt Gentling as hypeman.
Along with the tour, Bridwell will release a tour-only 7″ featuring “Why Were You Born” and “Tulsa”. Both songs, another original titled “Throw My Mess Around”, and a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Don’t You Take It Too Bad” are streaming below.
Birdsmell 2013 Tour Dates:
11/02 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Back Room)
11/04 – Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse
11/06 – Asheville, NC @ The LAB
11/08 – Knoxville, TN @ The Bowery
11/09 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews
11/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottle Tree
11/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/15 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
Photo above by Diana Talyansky