Band of Horses’ Ben Bridwell will embark on a small tour of the South as a solo artist, Birdsmell. It’s mostly tour dates in the summer so sucks for the rest of us. Ben will be bringing Bryan Cates and Matt Gentling to help out with the tour.
Ben talked about the upcoming tour:
“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.
As far as the shows go, I absolutely do give a damn about playing for everyone and I will try very hard to make the shows enjoyable. To help with this, I’m bringing along one of my favorite songwriters, Bryan Cates, to set it off each night. I’ve also enlisted a legitimate hype man in the form of Matt Gentling (of Archers of Loaf fame).
I’ve finally decided to unload a few of the those recordings, so check them out as you just might hear them along with more songs old and new on the Birdsmell tour. I hope to see you there!”
11/2 – Carrboro, NC -Cat’s Cradle (Back Room)
11/4 – Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
11/6 – Asheville, NC – The LAB
11/8 – Knoxville, TN – The Bowery
11/9 – Chattanooga, TN – Rhythm & Brews
11/11 – Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
11/13 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
11/15 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt