Paper Bird is back in Steamboat with a new lineup and music
Steamboat Springs — Known for its harmonies and vintage sound, the six-piece group Paper Bird has created a new sound by exploring its limits.
“We are really hunkering down to do a lot more than we could do before,” said Genevieve (Genny) Patterson, on vocals and keyboard for Paper Bird. “We are trying to explore things we haven’t done before to see what’s really possible.”
Paper Bird, the indie folk band originating out of Denver, incorporates influences of rock and soul to create a 1920s heyday sound. The group has been to Steamboat a few times before, including this past summer. At that show, Patterson said the crowd was great even with a shortened performance because their drummer’s back injury hindered him from playing at the concert on the mountain.
This weekend, it should be a whole different experience.
After a big concert in Denver on Friday night, the band will be at the Chief Theater on Saturday. The show will start at 7 p.m. with Josh Moorehead as the opening act.
In 2012, the band announced on its website that Esme Patterson would be parting ways with Paper Bird to pursue her own solo career. Since then, Esme has signed with the Denver indie label Grater Than Collected and released two albums. Last year, bassist Macon Terry also left the band for other projects.
Carleigh Aikens, the newest member to Paper Bird, joined as a lead vocalist for the group. Aikens has worked with Ark Life, These United States, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and others. She joined the band for their recent October tour.
The current lineup includes Mark Anders (drums), Sarah Anderson (vocals, trumpet), Aikens (vocals), Paul DeHaven (guitar, banjo), Patterson (vocals, keyboard) and Caleb Summeril (bass, guitar, banjo).
“We are getting better at really trying to let the songs evolve; we are refining the sound more than we ever have before,” Patterson said.
The original group came together in 2007 after a weekend at a cabin in Breckenridge. They intended to go for a quick getaway, but it turned into a weekend of writing and compiling lyrics to develop four songs, “Jesus and Arizona,” “St. Louis,” “I Discovered” and “Train Song.”
Gaining popularity among audiences nationwide, Paper Bird’s musical diversity and good-time vibe has led it to be featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and in a New York Times story about up-and-coming Denver bands, and it recently was listed in Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Colorado Bands to Watch.
“Being able to take something you are feeling and put that into a song to share it with others is an amazing thing about this career,” Patterson said. “Music is an innate thing for us, and it’s nice to work on that and see all of the different things that it brings into your life.”
In 2015, the group plans on releasing an album, due in large part to their hard work on writing and developing new songs.
“We’ve been working really hard on our show and our new songs,” Patterson said. “We’ve really been the only ones hearing these songs, which is why we are really excited to share what we have been working on and get some feedback.”
Tickets for the show are $20 at the door or online. Presale tickets are $15 online or at Shoe Chalet and Boutique, next door to the Chief Theater.
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