Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds
The music is a blend of indie folk and jazz – alternately melodious and hard-driving – and often unexpected with its unusual mix of instruments and influences. The release is now available on Vinyl.
The Northwest-Arkansas-based band Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds recently released their self-titled debut CD on Trout Records. Fronting the band are Dana Louise on guitar and vocals and Adams Collins on vibraphone and 5-string banjo. The rhythm section is made up of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet of the band Trout Fishing in America.
Here’s a link to a recent video shoot of the opening cut of the CD, “All the Pretty Boys”. This video was recorded in a cave on the land where Dana grew up. Photography by Anna Hutchinson.
1. “All the Pretty Boys”
3. “Green Light” Listen
4. “A Thousand Lives”
5. “Forgive This Town”
6. “Soldier’s Heart”
7. “Timber” Listen
8′ “Buffalo Shuffle”
9. Under Water” Listen
10. “Sweetest Thing”
11. “Goldfinch Fire”
Dana Louise: acoustic guitar, ukelele and vocals
Adams Collins: vibraphone and 5-string banjo
Keith Grimwood: electric bass, upright bass and vocals
Ezra Idlet: percussion, electric guitars and vocals
John Fullbright: harmonica
Mike Meadows: drums and percussion
Jack Williams: backup vocals
Lee Zodrow: piano and organ
Producer: Ezra Idlet
Design: Greg Moore, Ashley Ciak
Photography: Anna Hutchison
How the Glorious Birds Found their Flock
A few years ago, Dana Louise, a painter, saw a sun-soaked image of a lava pool surrounded by wild hydrangeas on a mysterious mid-Atlantic island. She knew that she had to find a way to get there. The self-styled artist’s residency she planned to last for seven weeks on Flores transformed into a seven month exploration of guitar and songwriting. Dana trained herself on cover tunes but quickly found that she needed to write her own songs. After returning to the states, she moved into an Ozark cabin on Keith Grimwood’s property and committed to a full time musical career. In a very short time, she has developed a complex lyrical style that’s emotionally potent and threaded through with visual imagery. Her vocals are at once forceful and softly genuine.
Enter Adams Collins, one the world’s preeminent banjo-playing vibrophonists. Training as a musician in college, Adams picked the heaviest, most complicated, most cumbersome, least girl-attracting instrument to master. His passion for the twang of the banjo worked its way into his musical life. Adams has played in jazz, bluegrass and Americana bands, weaving warm, intricate textures into a variety of different musical ensembles. Last year Adams and Dana began performing as a duo locally and regionally.
Meanwhile, Trout Fishing in America, the duo comprised of Ezra Idlet and Keith Grimwood, was expanding it’s record company. The focus has been on emerging songwriters. Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds seemed like a natural fit for the label. In the course of producing the album, Keith and Ezra found themselves recording with the band. Trout has been writing songs and performing together for almost forty years. In that time they’ve toured the US, Europe and Canada. Trout Fishing in America has been nominated for four Grammys. With Ezra on drums and percussion and Keith on bass, they have rounded out the Glorious Birds to form the beat that underpins the band’s unique sound. The combination of youth and experience, along with the vibrant family connection, make for exhilarating live shows.
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