I’ve been waiting for a reason to spread the good word of Andrew Bird on here for a while. Now, Grist has given me a chance!

Bird is, hands down, one of my favorite musicians of all time. His albums have gone from dark jazz to 50s doo-wop to atmospheric folk and everything in between. I first saw him perform a free show outside Boston’s Faneuil Hall back in 2001, and have been hooked ever since. Turns out, according to Grist, the violinist-guitarist-whistler-glockenspieler is also pretty green.

Bird tours in a biodiesel bus, bikes around his bike-unfriendly hometown in Illinois, and has stripped-down backstage requests.

Oh, and in case I haven’t mentioned it enough, he’s also a kick-ass musician.

Read the full article at Grist, then go see Bird in concert. He’s got a few more dates in the States before heading to Europe. Or at the least, pick up his new album. Or any album, really.

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