Blind Pilot continues winter tour behind ‘We Are the Tide’

Portland-based band Blind Pilot will continue to tour this winter in celebration of their sophomore album, We Are The Tide (Expunged Records). Released to widespread acclaim, the new album debuted at #56 on the Billboard “Top 200” chart, #22 on the “Overall Digital Albums” chart and was featured in NPR Music’s “First Listen” series. Additional upcoming appearances include a performance today on KCRW’s  “Morning Becomes Eclectic” and a  booking on the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

We Are The Tide follows the band’s grassroots break-out debut, 3 Rounds and a Sound, which has sold over 60,000 units to date and was featured in NPR’s “Best Music of 2008” roundup. Recorded at Type Foundry in Portland, OR during the spring of 2011, the new album was produced by the band and Skyler Norwood and mixed by Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket). Of making the album, founding member Israel Nebeker comments, “We had a good idea of what we wanted the album to sound like and what all the instrumentation would be. There was excitement and anticipation but that came with a fair amount of challenges for me as the songwriter, since I had never written in that atmosphere before. Fortunately, the creative process has a way of obliterating your expectations, and while we had a plan for each song, eventually the songs told us the way they needed to be. We learned a whole lot in the process and when I listen to the album now, I hear all these good surprises we didn’t know were going to be on there.” Co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski goes on to say, “I love the first record, but it was really exciting to work on arrangements with the whole band in mind. There are some songs on We Are The Tide that sound like an extension of 3 Rounds and a Sound, but a good number that are exploring new areas.”

Blind Pilot began in 2007 when Israel (vocals, guitar) and Ryan (drums) embarked on a West Coast bicycle tour playing mostly to unfamiliar listeners at small-town venues. The band now exists as a 6-piece ensemble featuring fellow Oregonians Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (vibraphones) and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet). In the years since it’s inception, the band has toured with various world-renowned musicians including The Decemberists, Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, Laura Viers and Andrew Bird and have appeared at the Sasquatch! Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. Additionally, multiple music placements have been confirmed in episodes of “Chuck,” “Covert Affairs” and “One Tree Hill.”


BLIND PILOT CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

January 27 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

January 28 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge

January 30 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater

February 1 Omaha, NE Waiting Room

February 2 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose

February 3 Madison, WI Majestic Theater

February 4 Urbana, IL Canopy Club

February 6 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

February 7 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom

February 9 Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom

February 10 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small’s

February 11 Ithaca, NY The Haunt

February 12 Northampton, MA Pearl St.

February 14 Woodstock, NY Bearsville Theater

February 16 Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live

February 17 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theater

February 18 Norfolk, VA The Norva

February 21 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle

February 22 Asheville, NC Grey Eagle

February 23 Charleston, SC Pour House

February 24 Orlando, FL The Social

February 25 St. Petersburg, FL Crow Bar

February 27 St. Augustine, FL Café Eleven

February 28 Tallahassee, FL Club Downunder

February 29 Athens, GA 40 Watt

March 2 St. Louis, MO Plush

March 3 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater

March 5 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater

March 6 Fargo, ND The Aquarium

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