Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Another Reason to Love Oregon: ...

...it's home to the band Blind Pilot. These guys are fresh, extremely talented, and most importantly--bike people. They've even done a couple of West Coast tours, hauling all of their gear on bikes. On the first go-round, they were headed from Vancouver, B.C. to Mexico, but the tour was cut short when their bikes were stolen outside San Francisco.

They've had a better streak of luck lately, and just got done playing at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX.

I think their sound is a little bit Old 97's with some Guster-ish instrumentation thrown in for good measure.

Morning Edition did a great story on the band today. Click here to listen to the guys talk about bikes, Oregon, song writing, and how they're just fine without drugs, groupies, or tour buses. Also, check out their sweet blog here.
(Photo courtesy andycarvin)


Anonymous said...

Blind Pilot conducted its first tour on a pair of bicycles, riding from Vancouver to San Francisco. Though the group now tours in a van, its members look back fondly on their early days, which included campfires and unexpected attention from truckers.
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--C said...

Thanks for writing graggg!