Dear family, It has been far too long since we last posted, so I hope you miss us as much as we do you. I have an important question to ask: would you rather have an ice cold beer, or a brand new Radio Birds song? Guess what, with luck, you can have both*! Seriously, new Radio Birds song, coming this month. So to all the best folk around the world, Cheers, Salud, Prost, and Skål. See you soon. *(beer not included). Colin James Dean Justin Keller Mike Ford Jr.
To our dear family, These past few months, some of you may have been asking yourselves questions such as, “what in the hell are Radio Birds up to?,” or “how come nobody makes me drink well whiskey anymore?,” or perhaps even “where are those hairy guys that used to sleep on my floor and clog up the shower drain?” (Lookin’ at you, Motel 6!) Well, just so you know, we didn’t die and we didn’t break up. Usually we would explain our absence with something both true and simple, like ‘we are taking some time off the road’-- which is indeed both true and simple. However, we’re thinking that since many of you have already--and so graciously--given us so much of your time, your support, and your love, you would also be down for a deeper answer. Playing in a band is essentially like being both sides of a coin that flips down the road. It can come up either way, but you can’t escape that the other side is still attached squarely to your ass, and you’ll have to ride it that way too. Like this: Heads-- you play for 20 close friends, you know their joy and their pain, you share the music as if it is communion. Tails-- you drink yourself to sleep, wake up and play a frat party for people who wish you would just stop playing songs they don’t know. Heads—you see the most beautiful places in the world with your best friends. Tails—you can’t stand your best friends anymore because the whole world is a van. Heads—you make art for a living, doing the only thing you want to do. Tails—you make art for money, which you owe to the bank, the manager, the IRS, the apartment, two grandfathers, an uncle, and the family who never gets to see you. Honestly, that’s the big one. Last year, we didn’t make enough art to justify calling in another lifetime’s worth of favors and patience and forgiveness to sustain another year constantly on the road, and we didn’t make enough money to satisfy the bank or even a minimum standard of living. We reached a point where the only sensible thing to do was to chill for a while and learn again how to do both. And just so you know--we all still like and love each other, and love what we do. What comes out on the other side may take many different forms. Rest assured that you will see Radio Birds again—just probably not 160 times a year. We have some new stuff to share with you, as well as some unreleased goodies. Also, we all have new and different jobs and musical side projects to sustain and rejuvenate ourselves, and we hope we will see many of you in connection with those as well. Thanks to all of you with whom we share this band. We have you in our hearts until we see you again, Radio Birds
This week we're heading back to Texas! Who's going to join us? 9/21 - Cheatham Street Warehouse - San Marcos TX 9/22 - Rockefellers Houston - Houston TX 9/23 - Scottie's Grill - Texarkana 9/26 - East Texas State Fair - Tyler TX 9/27 - Hoots Pub - Amarillo TX 9/28 - The Blue Light Live - Lubbock TX 9/29 - Bubba's Brewhouse - Durant OK 9/30 - Mercury Lounge Tulsa - Tulsa OK
Headed to Texas tomorrow! Check out our dates below and let us know who's making it out! 7/18 - Memphis TN - Hi Tone 7/19 - Tulsa OK - Mercury Lounge Tulsa 7/20 - Amarillo TX - Hoots Pub 7/21 - Lubbock TX - The Office Sports Bar 7/22 - Fort Worth TX - Rockin' The River Music Series 7/23 - San Marcos TX - Cheatham Street Warehouse
We are proud to finally send off the remaining proceeds from our poster sale for Chase Lamondo's going-away show. With a donation from SweetWater Brewing Company and Smith's Olde Bar, we raised 540$ for Rockdale Co. Special Olympics. Thanks to all who participated. May we always try to be part of something bigger than ourselves.
We're headed West! Wednesday at The Burl in Lexington is our first stop! 6/14 - Lexington KY - The Burl 6/15 - Bradley IL - The Looney Bin Bar & Grill 6/16 - freeport IL - The Wagner House 6/17 - Iowa City IA - Big Grove Brewery & Taproom - Iowa City 6/18 - Stillwater MN - Ziggy's Restaurant 6/19 - Lincoln NE - The Bourbon 6/21 - Denver CO - Summit Music Hall 6/23 - Filer ID - Hwy 30 Music Fest 6/24 - Livingston MT - Pine Creek Lodge 6/25 - Whitefish MT - Remington Bar and Casino 6/27 - Kansas City MO - Knuckleheads Saloon
DC! Thursday 6/8 we're back at Gypsysally's opening for Cordovas, which are one hell of a band. You're some of our favorite people and we can't wait to see your faces! Grab your tickets here: http://www.gypsysallys.com/event/1480785-cordovas-radio-birds-washington/
After hitting Europe and taking some time off to work up some new material for ya, we're geared up and ready to hit the road! Check the dates below! 6/8 - Washington DC - Gypsysally's 6/9 - Rehoboth Beach DE - Dogfish Head Brewpub 6/10 - Lancaster PA - Tellus360 6/14 - Lexington KY - The Burl 6/15 - Bradley IL - The Looney Bin Bar & Grill 6/16 - freeport IL - The Wagner House 6/17 - Iowa City IA - Big Grove Brewery & Taproom - Iowa City 6/18 - Stillwater MN - Ziggy's Restaurant 6/19 - Lincoln NE - The Bourbon 6/21 - Denver CO - Summit Music Hall 6/23 - Filer ID - Hwy 30 Music Fest 6/24 - Livingston MT - Pine Creek Lodge 6/25 - Whitefish MT - Remington Bar and Casino 6/27 - Kansas City MO - Knuckleheads Saloon
If you go on over to ol' iTunes and pre-order a digital copy of our new live release (out June 9th), you'll get a free download of 'Bound To Fall'. A tasty little sneak peak treat for ya for being so good to us! It's been released physically, but we can't wait to get this out to the rest of the world! ✌🏻, ❤ and a whole lotta rock and roll!
Listen to "Gamble On The Horses" now on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2pq32ji