Popular Colorado band Paper Bird faced a crossroads at the end of 2013 when they announced the departure of long-time upright bassist Macon Terry. With plans to condense the band, they made the decision to have Caleb Summeril drop the banjo and pick up the bass guitar; and with that, Paper Bird has become electrified in more ways than one in 2014.
After having a hired gun to replace Terry in the short term, Paper Bird is now ready to bring their new set-up and sound on the road, with a 2-week tour starting May 5 in Lawrence, Kansas.
“We’re really excited to share this new incarnation with the world,” says guitarist Paul DeHaven. “It will be our first tour as a six-piece, and we’ll be sharing and testing a bunch of new songs as well as some old material in a new way. Caleb is switching from banjo to bass, Genny (Patterson) is playing a bunch of keyboard, and Esmé (Patterson) is even joining Sarah (Anderson) in the horn section on mellophone. We’re calling it western soul, and so far the response has been very enthusiastic. It feels like a brand new band, but with the girls sharing the lead and singing harmonies like they do, it’ll always sound like Paper Bird.”
Since the band’s formation in 2007, Paper Bird has been playing its joyful blend of indie folk, roots, and Americana to delighted audiences nationwide. Their unique sound is a combination of a dynamic and energetic rhythm section intertwined with effortless and flowing harmonies. With six members and no designated leader, the possibilities for Paper Bird are constantly unfolding, with fluctuations in style and mood akin to weather patterns. Their rare and beautiful approach to music has led them to be featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, in a New York Times story about up and coming Denver Bands, and most recently listed in Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Colorado Bands to Watch.
For more information, please visit www.paperbirdband.com