Andrew Bird Announces "Hands Of Glory" Out October 30th On Mom + Pop Music

posted August 27, 2012

Andrew Bird Announces "Hands Of Glory" Out October 30th On Mom + Pop Music

Hands of Glory, a companion piece to Andrew Bird’s critically acclaimed full-length record Break It Yourself, is due October 30 on Mom + Pop Music. The new record is the product of a pair of recording sessions prompted by the overwhelming response to Bird’s “old-time” sets on recent tours. Reinterpreting songs from Break It Yourself and featuring covers of classic country tunes, these “old-time” performances find Bird and his full band playing to a single microphone with an entirely acoustic setup. Drawing inspiration from these sets, Hands of Glory features a brand new original track, new interpretations of songs from Break It Yourself and covers of the Carter Family, the Handsome Family, Alpha Consumer and others.

Bird is set to continue his North American tour dates, highlighted by a performance at Austin City Limits, throughout the fall. Please see below for a list of dates.

Since its Billboard Top 10 debut, Break It Yourself has continued to receive rave reviews. In celebration of the record’s release Bird appeared on “The Colbert Report”, “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” as well as NPR’s “Weekend Edition.”

Produced by Bird, Break It Yourself was recorded at his barn in Western Illinois near the banks of the Mississippi River. Paired with the album’s deluxe CD package is the DVD Here’s What Happened. The thirty-minute performance film was shot at Bird’s barn during the recording of the album and captures the energy of the room in which the new release was conceived. Footage from Here’s What Happened of Bird performing the track “Eyeoneye” can be viewed online.

Chicago-based film score composer, multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. As a teen Bird became interested in a variety of styles including early jazz, country blues and gypsy music, synthesizing them into his unique brand of pop. Since beginning his recording career in 1997 he has released 11 albums, his first solo record Weather Systems coming in 2003. Bird has gone on to record with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall. Most recently Bird composed his first ever film score for the movie Norman (hailed as “a probing, thoughtful score” by The New York Times; available now on Mom + Pop), contributed to the soundtrack of The Muppets and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation at New York’s Guggenheim Museum and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.


  • September 26            Overture Hall            Madison, WI*
  • September 27            Midpoint Music Festival            Cincinnati, OH*
  • September 29            Singletary Center            Lexington, KY*
  • September 30            Murat Theatre            Indianapolis, IN*
  • October 1            Orange Peel            Asheville, NC*
  • October 2            Neighborhood Theatre            Charlotte, NC*
  • October 4            Tennessee Theater            Knoxville, TN*
  • October 5            Georgia Theater            Athens, GA*
  • October 6            Charleston Music Hall            Charleston, SC*
  • October 8            Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater            Miami Beach, FL*
  • October 9            Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts            Tampa, FL*
  • October 10            House of Blues            Orlando, FL*
  • October 12            House of Blues            Houston, TX*
  • October 13            Austin City Limits Festival            Austin, TX

* with Here We Go Magic