“A melodic folk-rock band that thrives on the gentle interplay between the strumming of the guitar and Nebeker’s dulcet vocals.” – AM New York
“A rustic reverie” – Philadelphia Inquirer
“Led by the interplay between singer Israel Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski, this six-piece ensemble takes indie folk past its mellow norm, past folk-rock storytelling, straight to singing and dancing scream-a-slongs.” – Wired Magazine
“Blind Pilot’s music is full of exhilarated weariness and the kinds of detailed insights into the subconscious and all of the other hidden regions of the mind and heart…” – Daytrotter
“Singer/guitarist Israel Nebeker’s melodies feel lighter than air.” – AOL’s Spinner.com
“…often calls to mind folk-rock contemporaries such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Fleet Foxes, The Shins and Iron & Wine.” – WXPN’s World Cafe Live
“…like a good Belle and Sebastian melody on an acoustic guitar with a forward-moving beat and a singer with just enough Damien Rice-rasp to cut it.” – Huffington Post
“…their music is vital and exhilarating…” – Blurt Magazine
“…effortlessly and easily blended a mixture of gracious pop and folksy rock to almost overpowering potency.” – Spooonful.com
Rising Portland, OR-based band, Blind Pilot, have kicked off their nationwide tour, starting with a packed house at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall and a sold out show, tonight, at Los Angeles’ famed Troubadour.
The tour arrives on the heels of their full-length debut, “3 Rounds and a Sound” (Expunged Records), which earned the band performances on national radio (NPRÂ¹s Â³Morning EditionÂ² and Â³All Songs ConsideredÂ²), national television (Â³Last Call with Carson DalyÂ²) and a spot on this yearÂ¹s bill for the esteemed NPR Music Showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX. The album received praise from USA Today, the Boston Globe, the New York Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer, which calls the music Â³Å a rustic reverie.Â² Additionally, the track Â³Go On, Say ItÂ² was recently selected as the Single of the Week on iTunes.
Blind Pilot just wrapped up their summer touring, supporting The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, and the acclaimed British rock band Gomez. Blind Pilot recently played sets at this yearÂ¹s Lollapalooza, Sasquatch!, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, and this weekend will be playing at the Sisters Folk Festival.
In 2007, Blind PilotÂ¹s founding members Israel Nebeker (vocals, guitar) and Ryan Dobrowski (drums) embarked on a West Coast bicycle tour playing mostly to unfamiliar listeners at small-town venues. The venturesome duo has since come a long way from their grassroots inception. This summer, Nebeker and Dobrowski rounded out Blind PilotÂ¹s lineup as a six-piece with fellow Oregonians Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (vibraphones) and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet).
11/23/09 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI +
11/24/09 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN +
11/25/09 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL +
11/27/09 – Jackpot – Lawrence, KS +
11/28/09 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO +
11/29/09 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT +
11/30/09 – The Linen Building – Boise, ID +
12/2/09 – Neumos – Seattle, WA +
12/3/09 – Media Club – Vancouver, BC +
*With special guests The Low Anthem
+With special guest Laura Veirs