British singer-songwriter travels across UK and US

The bluebird has lived in many places. The 25-year-old British singer-songwriter grew up in England, Germany and Wales, recorded an album in New York’s Catskill Mountains, spent two years in Austin and recently moved to Los Angeles.

Bird, who has released two albums and is working on a third, said all her friends in the music industry have moved to Los Angeles, and the music scene in the City of Angels is very sober.

“While I do miss the rain (in the UK), the weather hasn’t hurt either,” she said. “I’ve also recently been inspired by 1970s California music, so it feels so fitting to be here at this stage of my life. I’ve been traveling since I was a kid and I’ve never been in one place for too long. And I think I It will always be like this, at least for now.”

Bird advises visitors to Los Angeles to dine at Honey Hi, a Sunset Boulevard restaurant that emphasizes local, organic vegetables and says it serves “food that promotes the well-being of individuals, the public, and the planet.”

“Honey Hi’s breakfast bowl is like witchcraft,” Bird said. “It’s been a staple since moving to LA”

Another staple is Stories, the bookstore and cafe on Sunset Boulevard.

“There’s a huge variety of books out there,” Bird said. “I always come home with books I wouldn’t find online – from Sinead O’Connor’s biography to nature books. They also have really interesting postcards to send to the family.”

Bird looked fondly at Austin, especially Broken Spoke, the home of country music and Texas cooking since 1964, calling itself “the last true Texas ballroom.”

“I’m glad I can go to Broken Spokes,” Bird said, “and experience what old Texas was like through its folk music and feel.”

The Broken Spoke, once the venue for country superstars Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff and Tex Ritter, “is the last hole in a city that seems to be modernizing every year,” Bird said. “It’s great to have a place that still has the spirit of Austin. The decor and ambience take you back in time. You might get lost for hours playing pool or line dancing.”

Stubb’s, an Austin grill restaurant and concert club, is another favorite.

“Every gig I play there is a dream, and I hope to one day make the headlines,” Bird said. “Austin also has the best crowd in the world. They’re on your side, and you can say the same about the local music scene.”

Bird cherished her time in London during her teenage years. She moved there when she was 16 and became part of the town’s civil music scene.

“I lived in London for about three years before I started hitting the road,” she said. “I went to a music school there and played constantly — like four times a week. I think my classmates thought I was a little pissed off. I like that you can take the subway to a few destinations and get to one that feels completely different The place.”

London’s Camden borough holds a special significance to Bird.

“I grew up in spirit bars in Camden,” she said. “This is an old-fashioned blues bar that has developed new talent, especially new musicians playing more classic music. Thanks to the amazing owner Raf from Brazil. This is really where my career started and I have it in my heart gratitude.”

Bird believes London visitors will love another of her favorite places: Daunt Books in the city’s Marylebone neighborhood.

“You could get lost there for hours,” she said. “As a huge fan of books, it’s a bit out of the way, but worth the trip.”

Bird said visitors to the UK should consider spending time in Manchester, a city of 586,000 residents about 200 miles northwest of London.

“There are a lot of restaurants in this area,” she said. “The Academy for the Deaf is a super small venue that feels like a living room and one of my favorite places to play when I first started. Manchester is one of my favorite cities for music. You can feel the numbers whenever you want Ten years of music. When you’re in town, check for shows. A lot of my inspiration comes from there.”

Before London, Bird lived in Bridgend, South Wales, from the age of 7 to 15. Bridgend sits along the Ogmore River – 20 miles west of Cardiff, upstream of the Bristol Channel – with five ruined castles in or near the city.

While it’s not at home, Bird has warm thoughts about Palenville, New York, and the small Catskill Mountains village where she recorded her first album. With its many waterfalls, swimming holes and scenic views, Palenville was the home of Thomas Cole and other painters of the Hudson River School in the 19th century.

“I recorded my first album in upstate New York with the incredible Simone Felice,” recalls Bird. “His family has owned a local grocery store for generations, it feels as retro as it is, and has the most welcoming, friendly staff. I eat breakfast there every morning before recording—breakfast bagels are my go-to Spending time there as a passerby makes you feel part of the culture of upstate New York.”

Circle W Market – Palenville, NY (Upstate) – I recorded my first album in upstate NY with the incredible Simone Felice. His family has owned a local grocery store for generations, it feels as retro as it is, and it has the most welcoming and friendly staff. I eat breakfast there every morning before recording – breakfast bagels are my favorite. Spending time there as a passerby will make you feel part of the culture of Upstate New York.

Bird, who performed on a show this year aired on Austin City Limits, said she lives in a number of towns.

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Bird said her performance at Austin City Limits was special.

“I’m so humbled that my band was able to play the pinnacle of my career with such care and precision,” she said. “Every success has to do with the people around you; otherwise, it would be hollow. I feel like the audience is on my side, and I can’t tell you what that means. I’ve done a lot of shows in Austin that have become Memories of my life.”

In an interview last year austin chronicleBird mentions how special she is

“I never went to college, so this was my first home. It was crazy,” she said with a laugh. “Having this dog and renting this house, I’m really ready to put down my roots. I love the city. Austin feels very down-to-earth, very down-to-earth and kind of mimics the British mentality. We really like it. I love all the broadcasts here and can feel a real joy to be a part of this community of songwriters. Moving here has definitely helped me fit into a community I want to be a part of.”

Bird performed Don McLean’s classic “American Pie” for the documentary The Day the Music Died: American Pie.

U.K.

Spirit Bar – I grew up in Camden’s Spirit Bar. It’s an old hole in the wall blues bar that nurtures up-and-coming talent, especially new musicians playing more classic music. All thanks to the amazing owner Raf from Brazil. It was really the starting point of my career and I am so grateful for it.

Daunt Books, Marylebone – You could get lost there for hours. As a book lover, it’s a bit out of the way, but worth a visit.

Manchester – Institute for the Deaf – Super small venue that feels like a living room. This was one of my favorite places to play when I first started. There are many restaurants in the area. Manchester is one of my favourite cities for music – whenever you can feel decades of music it’s a great introduction to the city. When you’re in town, you should check to see if there’s a show. A lot of my inspiration comes from there.

U.S.

Stubbs – Austin, TX – I feel like every gig I’ve ever played there is a dream and I’d love to be in the headlines one day. Austin also has some of the best crowds in the world. They’re on your side, and you can say the same about the local music scene.

Broken Spoke – Austin, TX – The last hole in a city that seems to be modernizing every year. It’s good to have a place that still has the spirit of Austin. The decor and ambience take you back in time. You could get lost for hours playing pool or line dancing.

Stories Books and Cafe – Echo Park/Sunset Blvd – There is a huge variety of books here. I always come home with books I won’t find online. Everything from Sinead O’Connor’s biography to nature books. They also have very interesting postcards to send to the family.

Hi dear – their breakfast bowls are like witchcraft. It’s been a staple since moving to LA. *picture*

Circle W Market – Palenville, NY (Upstate) – I recorded my first album in upstate NY with the incredible Simone Felice. His family has owned a local grocery store for generations, it feels as retro as it is, and it has the most welcoming and friendly staff. I eat breakfast there every morning before recording – breakfast bagels are my favorite. Spending time there as a passerby will make you feel part of the culture of Upstate New York.

The singing voice in the movie “The Day the Music Died: American Pie”

To make her first record, Bird flew across the Atlantic to collaborate with the Phyllis Brothers’ Simone Phyllis, an admirer of her songwriting and unique voice. At his studio in Catskills, just outside Woodstock, New York, the duo has assembled a team of experts that includes producer/engineer David Baron (Bat for Lashes, Peter Murphy), drummer Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright) ) and American legend Larry Campbell (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan).

Running the Austin Heritage since 1964, it’s world-renowned for its live country music and Texas cuisine! We hosted the President, the Governor, the Queen’s entourage and superstars from every genre of entertainment. They both visited Broken Spoke in Austin because it was the real deal! No fake Bologna here! This is the real Texas!

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Back in the ’60s, Spoke hosted countless country superstars and legends. Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff and Tex Ritter all took off their hats on stage at the end of this old ballroom.

Willie Nelson started playing at Spoke before moving back from Nashville, with a flat cut and a sport coat — before he brought braids and tennis shoes to the forefront of country fashion. In fact, it’s not uncommon to stumble upon Spoke on a Friday or Saturday night and find the Red-Headed Stranger kicked back by the amp and picked with the night’s featured entertainment band. As we all know, Broken Spoke is one of Willie’s favorite places in Austin’s home.

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Jade Bird is a London singer/songwriter with a powerful voice that blends folk, pop and rustic Americana. In her teens, she joined the roster of the influential indie Glassnote label, which released her debut album of 2019 to the top of the charts. She teamed up with Grammy winner Dave Cobb to release her follow-up, Different Kinds of Light, in 2021.

Bird was drawn to songwriting from an early age, performing across England as a teenager, moving to London at 16 to hone his stagecraft and immerse himself in the city’s folk tours. The success of her live performance of her song “Madeline” eventually earned Bird a deal with Glassnote, which released her debut EP, Something American, in 2017. That year, she toured the United States with American singer Brent Cobb. The bright, captivating single “Lottery” hit the market in January 2018 and topped Billboard’s Triple A chart. Subsequent singles “Uh Huh” and “I Get No Joy” performed equally well before being included on Bird’s self-titled full-length debut album in April 2019. The album topped the UK Americana chart and reached number ten on the pop chart.

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