Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 3, 2013

Folk band Paper Bird lands at Good Work Collective

TRAVERSE CITY — Paper Bird has taken wing since its formation six years ago.

The Denver-based indie folk band — a household name across Colorado — is starting to catch on nationally thanks to relentless touring, a segment on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and a sound that is alternately described as joyful and haunting, vintage and timeless.

Percussionist Mark Anderson said recent changes brought about by losing its trombonist, adding drums and the process of scoring a ballet for a collaboration with Ballet Nouveau Colorado have made the band better than ever, as evidenced on its fourth full-length album, “Rooms,” released in March.

“Bringing drums into Paper Bird was new,” said Anderson, one of seven band members including sister Sarah Anderson (vocals and cornet/trumpet). “It was like, this is us, this is what we sound like now. It used to be a string band, almost all acoustic instruments. But now everything’s amplified and I think it opens up a whole new palate.”

The band will bring its adapted sound — a blend of folk, roots and Americana — to The Good Work Collective at 8 p.m. Saturday. Austin, Texas-based pop-folk musician Dana Falconberry, a Michigan native with Leelanau County ties, will open.

The show is part of a 14-day 13-show tour that will take Paper Bird to the Midwest, Canada and the East Coast, a tour Anderson said would have been unthinkable a short time ago.

“Six years ago, hardly anyone from Denver was touring,” he said. “Denver, when Paper Bird started, and Denver, now — it’s amazing what a different city it is. Before, it had such a small-town feel. It wasn’t on the national map. But slowly it’s become more of an attraction and I think that has a lot to do with the music scene there now.”

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