A very happy Tuesday here at MB headquarters. We’re dang thrilled to announce a new family member today! WIDOWER is the project of one Kevin Large, a good man and a great songwriter. Widower’s debut full-length, FOOL MOON, will be available in early summer. Details coming soon! We’ll leave you with FOOL MOON‘s ”Almost, Always, All Yours,” live at KEXP.
And this on-point blurb:
“Large is a master of alliterating rhyme schemes, singing of ‘tequila tears in a taxi cab’ and ‘long-stemmed loneliness’ — somehow singing about all the country clichés without a cliché in sight. Large’s phrasing is the kind that makes other song-writers and poets exclaim, ‘why didn’t I think of that!’ Few songwriters are more evocative with so few words, but Large makes us feel all the feelings with his sparse poetry and enveloping orchestration.” - Abbey Simmons, Sound On The Sound
Mama Bird Recording Co. is quite proud to present an evening with Alela Diane, Vikesh Kapoor, and our very own Barna Howard. On May 19th, we invite y’all to the Portland Playhouse, a beautiful church-turned-playhouse, for an intimate showcase featuring three of our favorite songwriters in Portland (nay, the world!). Be sure to get your tickets NOW as there are less than 150 seats available!
This past Autumn, Barna visited the Daytrotter Studio in Rock Island, Illinois and recorded a session featuring two stellar new songs! Listen and enjoy for free OR support a stellar site/idea/studio for only $2/month and get this brand new Barna Howard Daytrotter session. Not to mention, you’ll get access to an endless supply of great sessions (Saintseneca’s included!).
DENVER will be joining Shovels & Rope for several dates this April. There’s even a Denver (the city) show involved! We’re pretty thrilled about this, being that S&R is one of our favorite bands in the world right now. Things should get relatively rowdy, we suspect. Check the dates below and prepare yourself.
4/6 + PORTLAND, OR + Doug Fir *
4/7 + PORTLAND, OR + Landmark Saloon
4/9 + ASHLAND, OR + Alex’s
4/10 + SAN FRANCISCO, CA + Great American Music Hall *
4/11 + SANTA CRUZ, CA + The Crepe Place *
4/12 + LOS ANGELES, CA + Bootleg Theater
4/14 + PIONEERTOWN, CA + Pappy & Harriet’s
4/16 + NEVADA CITY, CA + Chief Crazy Horse
4/24 + DENVER, CO + Bluebird Theater *
4/26 + BOISE, ID + Neurolux
4/27 + SILVERTON, OR + Oregon Garden Brewfest
* w/ Shovels & Rope
This week only, all vinyl is just $12. Happy Holidays from the Mama Bird family!
The music video for Denver‘s “The Way It Is” premiered today on Paste! It was directed by Patrick Stanton and was shot at the World Famous Kenton Club. We’ll call it a sort of homage to our favorite Patrick Swayze film, Road House. Enjoy!
“The Way It Is” is the first single off their self-titled debut album available here.
Saintseneca front man, Zac Little, performs the new song, “Only The Young Die Good.” Filmed and edited by Jon Washington.
Back in early August, Denver got the chance to play one of our favorite summer festivals, Pickathon on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon. Deep in the magical Pendarvis woods lies the farm’s tiny pumphouse. The mid-summer heat was sweltering and the boys were packed awfully tight in the shack, but we’re pretty happy with the take. Enjoy the band’s performance of “Keep Your Eye Out” from the new album, and be sure to check out the other rad Pickathon Pumphouse Sessions over at Live & Breathing