Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Band To Watch: Futurebirds


It's been a quick rise to prominence for this Athens, GA band in the Stark camp. This "unruly band of boys" fly the country-rock flag high, but make sure that flag is dirty, full of holes, and viewed through a sufficiently boozy, psyched-out haze. Falling somewhere between The Band and early My Morning Jacket, the songs on Futurebirds' excellent debut album Hampton's Lullaby are tastefully laced with weeping pedal steel, mandolins, and imbued with a distinct flair for well-crafted and efficient melodies. Yet, there is the tinge of grittiness that comes from well-placed overdrive and guitar noise keeping the Futurebirds from falling into the tragically broad "Americana" bin with other country-rock has-beens; the same has-beens who thought that owning The Basement Tapes entitled them to make an album.

Hampton's Lullaby comes out July 13th on Stark favorite, and quickly rising Autumn Tone Records. We're thrilled to be seeing Futurebirds with the equally amazing Jessica Lea Mayfield
this Saturday at Mercury Lounge. See after the jump for cover art and full Jessica Lea Mayfield tour dates.



FUTUREBIRDS Tour Dates

May 12--DC9 w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield--Washington DC
May 13--Kung Fu Necktie w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield--Philadelphia, PA
May 14--Southpaw w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield--Brooklyn, NY
May 15--Mercury Lounge w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield--New York, NY
May 16--TT the Bear’s w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield--Boston, MA
May 18--Thunderbird Cafe w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield--Pittsburgh, PA
May 19--Beachland Ballroom w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield--Cleveland, Ohio
May 20--Schuba’s w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield and Dexateens--Chicago, IL
May 21--Zanzabar w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield and Dexateens--Louisville, KY
May 22--Exit / In w/ Jessica Lea Mayfield and Dexateens--Nashville, TN
June 10--Schroeder's--Rome, GA
June 11--Harvest Moon--Albany, GA
June 18--The Earl--Atlanta, GA
June 26--AthFest - Pulaski Stage--Athens, GA
July 3--Gnat's Landing--St. Simons, GA
July 15--Bottletree w/ Roadside Graves--Birmingham, AL
July 16--One Eyed Jack's w/ Roadside Graves--New Orleans, LA
July 17--Chelsea's--Baton Rouge, LA
July 18--Emo's (Inside) Austin, TX