Here is the list of facts I knew about Jade Bird before I saw her Tour Diary:
1. She is a British folk singer/songwriter with a voice so purely stunning that babies wish she sang their nightly lullabies.
& Here is what I know now:
1. She is clearly drawn to the marvels of nature, a spirit which is thereby reflected in her music: raw, meaningful, guitar-centric ballads beautifully constructed from the bare essentials.
2. We can officially add Bruce Springsteen to her list of favorite artists, perhaps joining Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, First Aid Kit, Chris Stapleton and more as influences for her Something American debut EP.
3. She is sarcastically HILARIOUS (see captions below for reference), a humble demeanor that allows her to captivate audiences everywhere with her melodic live performance.
Jade Bird initially captured the world’s attention with her debut record, a five-track collection that demonstrated the young artist’s impressive songwriting skills–void of all fancy production and instrumentation, all she needed was a guitar and those witty, story-telling lyrics as we anxiously await a follow-up album. Bird has been recognized by tastemakers everywhere, including BBC’s Sound of 2018, Spotify, Apple, and now you can officially add Ones To Watch to that list.
She recently wrapped up a tour with Son Little, hitting every city from Austin, TX, to Toronto, ON. Follow along as she gives us inside access to her adventures below, and keep an eye on this young talent.
Despite what this photo suggests I do wish you a warm welcome to my tour diary… Everyones got to try and be Cash for at least one point in their life.
This was taken in Omaha.. I visited a ‘frame shop’ along this street and met a lovely man who showed me a a drawing by Heather Benjamin, part of a collection called ‘sad people sex’… I was intrigued. Side note, Omaha was probably the smallest gig but it was the BEST show, the people were just awesome.
Somewhere in Oregon, I’d travelled up from LA 2/3 days ago and then we hit 3 feet of snow and the tallest trees I’d ever seen, like something out of a dream.
Toronto, the last show… I had SO much fun here. Everyone laughed along and clapped along and to be blunt that’s all a good show needs ;)
Birds of Wyoming
Salt Lake City…
Manager: Let’s get a photo
Manager: We have to do your tour diary
Middle America.. Think we were definitely near Nebraska, so of course we played Bruce Springsteen and of course “Born In the USA” went on next… “cover me”
“I have a jack lead, I’m so cool” etc etc.
This is an outtake of a failure to try and recreate a Springsteen album cover… and when I say failure it really was. We’d just passed Minneapolis not long before and it was the coldest wind I had ever experienced in my life.
The only petrol station for about 100 miles, it had a big “Do not trespass” sign on it…and although getting shot was on the cards I was wearing matching red.. it had to be done.
Vancouver. As you may or may not know we passed Seattle and Portland on this tour, and everyone looked indie. So I thought “hey, why not, I can wear a cap…I can turn it around.. I can look co- oh wait.”
This guy (Son Little) is a legend. A total legend. He was so welcoming and all his band were amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better big bro to be on tour with. “Alice” is still my favorite tune… I have learnt the riff ;)