If you have ever been to an Andrew Bird concert, you have definitely been blown away by his incredible musicianship and his use of looping technology to create the illusion of a one-man orchestra. The highlights tend to be long, complex instrumentals like “You Woke Me Up!” or sing-along anthems such as “Plasticities” or “Fake Palindromes.”
Unfortunately, Andrew Bird’s folkier side tends to be forgotten by most. The last few years, however, have seen the Chicago musician favor this acoustic, more old-timey side with songs like “Lusitania” with Annie Clark from St. Vincent off of 2011’s top notch Break It Yourself and a reworked version of “Orpheo” on the aforementioned record’s companion album, Hands of Glory. While Bird’s obsession with early country singers has led him to write more simplistic guitar songs, much of his focus has been with faithfully covering classic songs, including “It’s Not Easy Being Green” and various Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt tracks.