Love in Wartime is finally released to the world! This was an incredible recording to make. Four days at Electrical Audio, Steve Albini’s studio in Chicago. Poignantly, we began recording on the day Trump was inaugurated into office. It felt like a holding a beam of light during a very dark hour. For me ‘holding the light’ is what this record is all about. You can stream it here, but buy the vinyl as it sounds amazing:
People are saying some really nice things about the guitar playing too:
The title track delivers a haunting reflection on the nature of love in difficult times. The song’s sonic structure recalls Jackson Browne’s “Late for the Sky,” culminating as Browne’s song does, too, with aching steel guitar creating an overwhelming moment of cosmic beauty and transcendence. – No Depression, 2018
Love in Wartime starts off as an achingly beautiful vocal duet as the pair celebrate the humdrum elements of daily life finding beauty in them (“Morning dew on the petal, steam on up from the kettle”) before a stirring slide guitar solo carries the song to a glorious end. – Paul Kerr, Blabber ‘n’ Smoke
For all the fear, doubt, complication, ignorance, and hate in the world: here is an antidote. This is Superlover from the upcoming Birds of Chicago release, Love in Wartime. More soon!
Anne was nominated for 13 awards, including best original music, at the Canadian Screen Awards. It brought home a couple of awards home including BEST DRAMATIC SERIES.
Playing all the guitar, mandolin, and slide for this series has been a fantastic experience. I’m entrusted with a huge amount of freedom in the creation of my parts. Everything I’ve done was recorded from my studio in Toronto and sent to the composers remotely. We heard the final mix at the same time as the audience.
I’m glad the series is doing well and being recognized. It’s a beloved Canadian classic and this version seems to be satisfying the hardcore traditional fans. However, Anne offers so much for modern audiences in a world were the role of women and gender are being rapidly redefined.
I wish to gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council. My proposal to create new compositions for an acoustic ensemble was approved. Have a listen below to hear the direction I’m headed with this. A little strange, a little cinematic, but sincere and heartfelt. Stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy.
Calgary Folk Fest has been a fantastic experience for Birds of Chicago. We came into town a little early to play a show of Canadiana tunes (celebrating Canada 150) with Basia Bulat, Barney Bentall, Jason Collett, Turkwaz, CHOIR CHOIR CHOIR and others.
Our main stage set was Friday night and it was one of my favourite festival experience with the Birds. The weather, audience, sound, and crew were fantastic. Our last workshop set is this afternoon with Jim Cuddy, Barney Bentall, and Yola Carter.
The music was warmly received and there seemed to be a bit of buzz about the band:
This might be a bold statement, but seeing this band perform was a life affirming experience. Even amidst their occasionally grief stricken lyrics, Birds of Chicago manages to create a sense of positivity in their music that seems fitting for a festival stage. Whether through the sonic fury of a well-played guitar solo or the emotional hook of a well-written verse, this group creates music that uplifts the spirit. Their sound ranges from full-on rock and roll to deeply folk, with one song being performed exclusively to the beat of a kick drum and the claps of the audience. They were humble performers and talented musicians, a chance to see them play should not be missed. (JB) http://beatroute.ca/2017/07/29/calgary-folk-music-festival-day-one-two-recap/
There was also a nice article in the Calgary Herald: http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/music/folk-fest-eclectic-acts-stoke-entertaining-second-day
Next up: Canmore and then Edmonton.