Andrew Bird Announces Album of Handsome Family Covers

Andrew Bird Announces Album of Handsome Family Covers
Whistling violinist Andrew Bird is apparently a big fan of New Mexico alt-county outfit the Handsome Family, since he's previously covered the band's songs and his official bio is an interview conducted by group member Rennie Sparks. Now, Bird is committing his love to the Handsome Family to tape by recording an entire album of covers.

The album is wryly titled Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of… It will be released digitally on June 3, with CDs shipping out that same week. Vinyl will follow later this summer. CDs are currently available to order from Bird's website.

The full details of the collection are still up in the air, but that's the cover artwork above. Brooklyn Vegan reports that it includes a cover of the Handsome Family's True Detective theme "Far From Any Road."

Bird will be touring North America this summer. See the schedule below; in addition to lots of U.S. gigs, he will be playing Canadian festival dates in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

A note on Bird's website explains, "Andrew will be touring with a band he's calling the Hands of Glory — an old timey acoustic configuration featuring Tift Merritt, Alan Hampton, Bowl of Fire alumnus Kevin O'Donnell, and Eric Heywood on pedal steel."

Tour dates:

06/06 Brooklyn, NY - Studio 360 WNYC Radio Love Fest at BAM Harvey Theater

06/07 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade

06/08 Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre

06/09 Washington, DC - Lincoln Theatre

06/10 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle

06/12 Asheville, TN - Orange Peel

06/13 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo

06/15 Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom

06/16 Austin, TX - The Paramount Theater

06/20 Boulder, CO - Chautauqua

06/21 Telluride, CO - Telluride

07/02 Ann Arbor, MI - Power Center

07/04 Toronto, ON - Toronto Urban Roots Fest

07/05 Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Blues Fest

07/06 Montreal, QC - Jazz Fest

07/08 New York, NY - Summerstage

07/10 Hanover, NH - Spaulding Auditorium at the Hopkins Center

07/11 Bridgeport, CT - The Klein

07/12 Lowell, MA - Lowell Summer Music Series

07/18 Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Folk Fest

07/24 Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Fest

07/26 Edmonton, AB - Interstellar Rodeo

08/01 Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library

08/02 Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery

08/03 San Francisco, CA - Sigmund Stern Grove

09/19 San Diego, CA - Humphrey's

09/21 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl