Hailing from Denver, Colorado, Paper Bird first emerged from the same environs that launched such outfits as Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats and the Lumineers. The group has toured extensively throughout the U.S., sharing bills with the aforementioned bands, as well as Daryl Hall & John Oates, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Shakey Graves.
Guitarist Paul DeHaven first met singer Carleigh Aikins at a concert on Willie Nelson’s ranch during South by Southwest in 2012. The two hit it off, and before long Aikins and the rest of the band began collaborating long distance via email. “It was serendipitous that we could join forces so seamlessly,” says Aikins. “We created an instant bond and a new sound we can all stand proudly behind; which merges our respective influences from the Canadian and American music we were raised with. Everyone’s input is welcome here and everyone has their moment to shine, in the true democratic sense and tradition of a band."
Paper Bird has always made a point of encouraging each of its members to share the spotlight. The group boasts three lead vocalists singer Sarah Anderson, singer and keyboard player Genevieve Patterson, and Aikins herself all of whom blend their voices in seamless three part harmonies. The instrumental duties are shared by bassist Caleb Summeril , DeHaven, and drummer Mark Anderson. The band’s self titled album swaps electric guitars and amped up instrumentation for the laid back, folk-flavored sound they favored in the past.
On Paper Bird, the band collaborates with worldrenowned musician, singer and songwriter John Oates, who coproduced the album with Aikins’ fellow Canadian David Kalmusky. Paper Bird has a sound that blends the engaging vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes and The Lone Bellow with the classic ‘70s stylings of bands like Heart and Fleetwood Mac without imitating or emulating any one of them in particular. The new music is rugged, resilient and flush with enthusiasm. It conveys the essence of inspired Americana, while still staying true to its riveting rock regimen.
Paper Bird performs Wednesday night, November 9th at 9pm at the Brickroom in Ashland.