It’s tough to choose where to begin when it comes to Andrew Bird. He’s a lot of things. He’s that folk artist who’s also classically trained in violin, he’s a one-man choir, he’s one of our greatest masters of loop pedals, he’s probably the best whistler you’ve ever heard. And the best part is, his new album has finally been announced.
Andrew Bird has come a long way since his Bowl of Fire days that blended Gipsy Jazz with larger-than-life, almost theatrical ballads. One thing has always been clear, Andrew Bird is interested in highbrow music. Break It Yourself will be the twelfth album he has put out since 1997 and is three long years since his last creative endeavor, Noble Beast.
Break It Yourself was recorded in Bird’s barn in Western Illinois. The album, released by Mom + Pop Music, is due out March 6, 2012. Details of a deluxe edition vinyl are soon to be released.
Andrew Bird will also be touring extensively this upcoming spring. Fans who buy presale tickets now we be graced with two live EP’s, one from Bird’s 2011 tour and another from his upcoming 2012 tour. You can buy your tickets here at his website.
January 12 Hawaii Theatre Honolulu, HI
March 15 Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX†
March 16 The Howlin’ Wolf New Orleans, LA†
March 17 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA†
March 19 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN†
March 20 Southern Theatre Columbus, OH†
March 22 The Pageant St. Louis, MO†
March 23 The Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO†
March 24 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI†
April 9 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA‡
April 10 The Vogue Vancouver, BC‡
April 11 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR‡
April 13 Fox Theater Oakland, CA‡
April 18 Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center Mesa, AZ‡
April 19 Lensic Performing Arts Center Santa Fe, NM‡
April 20 Rialto Theater Tucson, AZ‡
May 3 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA§
May 4 Beacon Theatre New York, NY§
May 5 Beacon Theatre New York, NY
May 6 House of Blues Boston, MA§
May 8 9:30 Club Washington, DC§
May 9 Ramshead Live Baltimore, MD§
May 10 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI††
May 12 Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL††
Here’s a little teaser that was just released on behalf of the upcoming album.