Band Of Horses Frontman Ben Bridwell Goes Solo As Birdsmell

By Tom Breihan / October 7, 2013

Band Of Horses have been making soaring, country-inflected festival-rock for so long that it’s almost shocking to hear frontman Ben Bridwell’s high-lonesome twang in any other context. But Bridwell has a new low-key solo thing going on. Operating under the name Birdsmell, he’s posted a few stripped-back acoustic songs on Soundcloud, and I have to say, they sound really good. “Throw My Mess Around” in particular. He’ll also spend a couple of weeks in November on a short tour of Southeastern U.S. venues, and this whole thing could be exactly what Bridwell needed; the quieter setting suits his voice. Below, listen to “Throw My Mess Around,” “Why Were You Born?,” and “Tulsa.”

Those dates:

11/02 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/04 – Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse
11/06 – Asheville, NC @ The Lab
11/08 – Knoxville, TN @ The Bowery
11/09 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews
11/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
11/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/15 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
(via Pitchfork)

Bridwell will sell a 7″ single of “Why Were You Born?” and “Tulsa” at the shows.