Favorite Sessions

Andrew Bird: The Folksy Side Of An Inventive StarThe Current

This year saw two releases from prolific Chicago indie-pop singer-songwriter Andrew Bird. Released in March, his new album Break It Yourself turned out to be one of All Songs Considered listeners' favorite albums of 2012 — another showcase for Bird's clever songwriting, eclectic musicianship and inventive loop-based approach to playing and recording.

Earlier this fall, Bird released Hands of Glory, an eight-song companion album to Break It Yourself that featured a more rustic, folksy take on his established sound. The collection leans heavily on covers of tunes by artists ranging from Townes van Zandt to Minneapolis' own Alpha Consumer.

While touring in support of Hands of Glory, Bird stopped by The Current's studios before his First Avenue gig on Dec. 17 to chat with Steve Seel and play a few songs, including "Three White Horses."

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