After four albums and nearly a decade with Band of Horses, South Carolina-based alt-country frontman Ben Bridwell is going solo.
With an all-new animal-referencing moniker, Birdsmell, Bridwell is hitting the road this November on an eight-date tour of the southern U.S. He also just released four new tracks on Soundcloud, which are quiet, intimate country-folk gems compared to the rockin', reverb-drenched work of his Band of Horses. Two of the tracks, "Why Were You Born" and "Tulsa," will be sold on tour as a 7" vinyl single.
Bridwell explained the solo venture in a press release:
"While living in Minneapolis in 2008, I covered the George Harrison song, ‘Your Love Is Forever’ with some buddies of mine. The track ended up being released on a Starbucks compilation. A few years later, I enlisted those same musicians to record some songs of mine that had been sitting around for far too long, some of which could be said to be uncomfortably silly and devoid of all reasonable taste. I wasn’t exactly in a rush to get them out to the discerning earholes of the public. Regardless, this project was pure enjoyment for me and it was nice to not give a damn about anything, but having fun recording these songs. I’ve now decided to take this approach on the road on the Birdsmell tour, which will be coming to a Deep Southern town near you this fall."
11/2, Carrboro, NC (Cat's Cradle / Back Room)
11/4, Charlotte, NC (Evening Muse)
11/6, Asheville, NC (The LAB)
11/8, Knoxville, TN (The Bowery)
11/9, Chattanooga, TN (Rhythm & Brews)
11/11, Birmingham, AL (Bottle Tree)
11/13, Atlanta, GA (The Earl)
11/15, Athens, GA (40 Watt)