Real Midnight NPR First Listen!
Hello good friends and family,
It’s been exactly a year since we emerged from Joe Henry’s Garfield House studio, exhausted but knowing we had just finished making the best music we’d ever recorded together.. the last 12 months have been filled with excitement, on one hand, but growing restlessness on the other, as we waited for the business side of this album’s production to play itself out.
We are so happy to say that the release date is finally upon us -- February 19th. With that day bearing down on us, we are also thrilled to announce that NPR is premiering the album as part of it’s “First Listen” series, starting this very morning (feb 11) …. This higher level of press coverage wouldn’t be possible without a top flight national press team- we’ve got that now, having signed on with the incredible folks at Sacks & Co… That simply wouldn’t have happened without the stretch goal push of our Kickstarter Backers-- we are forever grateful to our KS family for all of this!
As 250+ days a year travelers who’ve sustained themselves on so many forced march drives with vital NPR podcasts, this NPR First Listen is an especially sweet honour for us. Please feel free to share this link for the First Listen series with any and all, as we continue to rely on old school word of mouth, even as we are able to for the first time, to make some real breakthroughs in national and international media.
We have just disembarked from the impossibly fulfilling week of music aboard Sixthman’s Cayamo cruise; the level of talent and artistry aboard that big boat was again, humbling and inspiring… as we drive towards Kansas City for the 2016 Folk Alliance International conference, we are particularly hungry and jazzed to share our music with as many souls as we possibly can...
What else? The Real Midnight Album Release Tour will be unfolding over the course of the spring, summer, fall and into next year…. We’ve just announced our release shows at the City Winery in our hometown of Chicago, Great American Music Hall in our hometown 1-A, San Francisco, Largo in LA, and many others. We return to the Netherlands this April/May, and are also playing one special show in London - Green Note at The Old Queen's Head - on May 4th! Lots of Summer Festivals TBA soon- starting with the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast, Ireland and the Fayetteville Roots Festival . Please take a second to look and see when we’ll be close to you. If a date near you isn’t up yet, it will be before long…
As the release date rapidly approaches, pre-release orders are still available.. pick your poison
It’s good to be in motion again, doing what we know how to do….. it’s too easy to feel things turning, underfoot and all around, without you, when you stand still for too long…. We love you good people. As ever, none of this is possible without you. We’re coming at you -- look for us.
Big Love and May this New Year bring you and yours many blessings,
your Birds of Chicago