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Andrew Bird announces new album, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

on May 28, 2014, 12:55pm

Lately, Andrew Bird has been channeling the folksier side of his personality. On 2012’s Hands Of Glory, the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter offered his own spin on old-timey folk tunes by Townes Van Zandt and longstanding folk duo The Handsome Family. In fact, The Handsome Family have become quite the muse for Bird as he’s just announced a full-length covers album of their songs.

Due out on June 3rd, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of… will see Bird taking on songs like The Handsome Family’s 2003 track (and True Detective theme song) “Far From Any Road” as well as “Don’t Be Scared”, which Bird originally covered on his 2003 album Weather Systems. Watch a trailer for the album below. Update: Also check out a stream of the song “Tin Foil”.

In support of the release, Bird and his new band Hands of Glory — comprised of guitarist Tift Merritt, bassist Alan Hampton, drummer Kevin O’Donnell, and pedal steel guitarist Eric Heywood — will hit the road for a lengthy summer tour. See the updated docket below.

Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory 2014 Tour Dates:
06/06 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music *
06/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
06/08 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theater *
06/09 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre *
06/10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle *
06/12 – Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel *
06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival *
06/15 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom *
06/16 – Austin, TX @ The Paramount *
06/19 – Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua *
06/20 – Boulder, CO @ Chautauqua *
06/21 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass Fest *
07/02 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Power Center
07/04 – Toronto, ON @ Urban Roots Fest *
07/05 – Ottawa, ON @ Ottawa Bluesfest
07/06 – Montreal, QC @ Montreal International Jazz Fest *
07/08 – New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *
07/10 – Hanover, NH @ Dartmouth *
07/11 – Bridgeport, CT @ The Klein *
07/12 – Lowell, MA @ Summer Music Series *
07/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver Folk Festival
07/24 – Calgary, AB @ Calgary Folk Fest *
07/26 – Edmonton, AB @ Interstellar Rodeo *
08/02 – Saratoga, CA @ Mountain Winery *
08/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Stern Grove Festival
09/19 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
09/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^

* = w/ the Hands of Glory
^ = w/ Caetano Veloso & Devendra Banhart

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