Guest blogger Sarah Crisman is a Denton-based music writer.
The lovingly handcrafted sleeves of the Fox and the Bird’s new album, Floating Feather, warms the heart like a home cooked meal for a weary traveler. A welcoming touch from the Dallas-based band garnering critical acclaim following a successful tour across the Southwest. This Friday, the Fox and the Bird will open for Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Granada — a well-matched bill, rich in the burgeoning root sounds of acoustic Americana.
“We play what we play naturally.” says bandleader, Daniel Bowman. “We don’t do it to sound amateur, just raw. When you listen to the song ‘Women in the Kitchen’, you can hear the DART bells in the background.”
The Fox and the Bird grew organically from living room sessions among friends, to regular appearances on the House Show circuit across DFW. You may have seem them roaming the streets with the Dallas Family Band, a grand manifestation of this movement. Members of the Fox and the Bird, each gifted on multiple instruments, also play with the Beaten Sea, Spooky Folk, and as solo acts Wheeler Sparks, and Jacob Metcalf. Today, the band thrives among an artistic Oak Cliff community.
The band was welcomed with open arms on the road. Miraculously profiting from the first run (a rare blessing in this industry), they enjoyed warm hospitality in each town. Even after the requisite “off” shows. Now seasoned through a 13-city tour, which included a stop at Denver’s Underground Music Festival, the band is diligently crafting more album sleeves to keep up with demand.
“I feel like I’m running a small sweat shop.” says Bowman. “Every cover is hand-stitched and hand-stamped. It takes a long time.”