Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Bird’

The Potion Kings / Jeff Bird

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

In case you missed it, our main man, Jeff Bird has just released a new album on Latent Recordings under the guise of his band The Potion Kings. It's hard music to describe, but if you are a fan of some of Miles's eccentric early 70's electric wanderings you should feel comfortable in the hands of The Potion Kings. The band is made up of Jeff on bass, guitar whiz Kevin Bright, mad-man Randall Coryell on drums and percussionest Howie Southwood.  It's a wild and wooly ride, just hold on tight and enjoy.

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Happy 2013 everyone

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Well, that apocalypse wasn't too bad. I hope that everyone survived their various celebrations and generally emerged with smiles. Here is a beautiful little vignette, created by our talented friend and comrade in arms, Jeff Bird. It was shot during our most recent visits to the Iberian Peninsula. A very gentle way to kick off the New Year. You can check out more of Jeff's work at jeffbird.com. Thanks Jeff.

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Tour Diary – Junkies In Europe through the eyes of a Bird

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Here is a slide show with soundtrack that Jeff put together of our latest European adventure. It sums it all up rather nicely….

cowboy junkies in europe from jeff bird on Vimeo.

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Sing In My Meadow, volume 3 – Jeff Bird

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

I said in an earlier blog that one of the aspects of the band that we wanted to capture with Volume 3 was the psychedelic, acid-blues vibe that is a large part of our live show. And a large part of that side of our sound is Jeff Bird’s manic wailing and gnashing. Jeff joined us over twenty years ago when we gathered in a little known church named Trinity. We didn’t know Jeff, but we knew of his work with the folk outfit Tamarac and we knew that Jeff played fiddle and we wanted to add that instrument to our arrangements. There weren’t a whole lot of fiddle players wandering around the punk clubs of Toronto in the mid-80’s….(the clubs are lousy with them these days, as well as mando, accordion and pedal steel players). Jeff showed up with his fiddle, as well as his acoustic mandolin and harps. The rest of that story is, as they say, history. But Jeff stuck around and joined our touring outfit. He played a large part on Caution Horses which was the follow up to The Trinity Session, but on subsequent albums we started to experiment with other musicians and instruments and while Jeff’s contributions were important, they weren’t as plentiful. But as his importance in the studio waned, his importance on the road waxed. Over the years we have asked Jeff to pick up probably a dozen different instruments on stage and he has always done so with gusto. One of his most important “finds” on the road was an electric mandolin that he discovered in a little music store in Boulder, Colorado. He hemmed and hawed about buying it all day and then decided to go for it, unsure of how it would fit in to what we were doing and whether it would find a place in his own repertoire. At first the electric-mando rarely made an appearance on our stage, but over the years, as we have raised our freak flags higher with each passing tour, the electric-mando has become Jeff’s instrument of choice. Jeff made a big return to the studio with us on Open and the electric-mando is featured on a lot of those songs, but on Sing In My Meadow, Jeff’s madness is put on display in all its raging glory….lock up your children, this is scary stuff.

Here is the board mix for I Move On, with no vocals, so you can appreciate all of the subtle nuances of Jeff’s insanity…wail on, dude…

Check out previous Sing In My Meadow blogs:

Introduction

Hunted

Song Writing Demos

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Jeff Bird 1000 fiddle tunes

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Jeff Bird explores his inner fractal nature…..

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Jeff Bird gigs

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Jeff has some interesting gigs coming up around Southern Ontario, including one in Toronto at Hugh’s Room on Feb 13th. Our old friend Jaro will also be joining Jeff to lay down some of those soulful accordion drones. Check out more info about these gigs on Jeff’s website.

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