With an equal emphasis on songwriting and unique musical composition, Birdhouse intertwines an articulated jazz vocabulary into a country and rock n’ roll form.
As for the boys themselves, Daniel Talmantes and Jeff Carter began playing together in the Folsom High School Jazz Band around 2006. The two came together off a greater mutual interest in the Grateful Dead. Jeff and Dan kicked off composing songs together immediately. Chris McIntyre and Dan met their freshman year of college at UC Santa Cruz in 2008, sharing their own music and jamming bluegrass. Jeff Carter moved to Santa Cruz in 2009 and soon after Jeff and Dan met up with Jeff Wilson to start a Grateful Dead cover project with Evan Penza (now the producer of Birdhouse’s first album). After a few gigs, Jeff and Dan began working with a few of their own songs and had Chris and Jeff Wilson sit in. It was then original songs manifested to what sound would come to know as Birdhouse.
Jeff Carter and Dan pose a sophisticated vocal arrangement, with subtle yet powerful harmonies, doubling a layer cake of raw poetic exploration with mystical phrasings and ecstatic melodies. Sustaining a collage of rhythmic patterns, Jeff Wilson weaves an enlightened transgression of change into one continuous jam. On bass, Chris McIntyre intuits expansive phrasings enveloping the greater sound, walking Birdhouse to new land.
In just a year, Birdhouse has played at prestigious venues like 19 Broadway, The Fernwood Resort in Big Sur as well as venues in Monterey, Manifest Festival, Fairfax, San Francisco, Petaluma, and the very well known Santa Cruz favorites: The Catalyst, Moe’s Alley and The Crepe Place many times. With the first Birdhouse album EP released August 2010, listeners be ready for upcoming shows and recorded releases to come!
Umphrey’s McGee delivered a massive bust out of “Rising Bird” for the first time in over 16 years during a VIP set at their Georgia Theatre three-night closer in Athens.
Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit continued their Ryman Residency in Nashville on Saturday where they debuted a cover of Crosby, Stills & Nash’s “Helplessly Hoping.”
Bon Iver’s appearance on ‘CBS This Morning’ featured an interview with the band as well as video of songs off their 2019 album ‘i,i’ and more from their recent show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Steely Dan delivered the first “Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)” in 45 years during the third outing of their five-night residency at New York City’s Beacon Theatre.
Trey Anastasio offered up a solo acoustic debut of “Sanity” and more during his concert at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee on Friday night.