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Paper Bird to close out Mountain Music Series at Steamboat Ski Area

Colorado band Paper Bird comprises sisters Genny and Esme Patterson (both vocals), brother and sister Mark (drums) and Sarah Anderson (vocals and cornet/trumpet), Paul DeHaven (guitar) and Caleb Summeril (bass, banjo and guitar).
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— There’s something about this happy, rootsy, Americana group that reveals honesty within its lyrics.

Perhaps it’s the fact that Paper Bird remains a leaderless band, confident in its equal investment to the music and the group as a whole. Or maybe it’s the essence of family the members emanate with siblings in the band and from being longtime friends.

It makes for quite the show when the music happens with a mere signal, only understood between the members.



“It’s essential to be really close with the other band members,” said Paul DeHaven, a member of Paper Bird. “We all have a shared vision.”

Emerging from Breckenridge in 2006, the group was on a vacation and started writing songs to cure their cabin fever. Eight years later, the group has an evolved old-timey sound with elements of rock, old R&B and folk. DeHaven described Paper Bird’s music as “Western soul,” merely because that’s just what seems to be the direction their music tends to go lately.



On Friday, the group will be in Steamboat to headline the last Mountain Music Series show at 7 p.m. in Gondola Square.

Colorado is home for this band, and for DeHaven, it’s where he writes some of his best songs.

“It’s home, and a big thing within our music is the sense of the grounding experience that occurs and the memories attached to the place you grew up,” he said.

While the group performs about 150 shows per year across the U.S., when it performs in this state, the solid fan base that has been built here never disappoints.

“It’s symbiotic,” he said. “They have built us in a way through their encouragement and support.”

What makes a good show for this joyful yet dynamic group comes from the audience’s receptive energy.

“When the audience is more engaged and appreciative we become more of that, it’s about creating the experience together,” he said. “Without one or the other, there is no show.”

Setting them apart from other groups are the intricate harmonies that come from the three female singers that include sisters Genny and Esme Patterson and Sara Anderson, who also plays cornet and trumpet. The other members include Anderson’s brother Mark on drums, DeHaven on guitar and Caleb Summeril on bass, banjo and guitar.

Meeting people from all across the country and touring year-round, DeHaven reminisces about the people and the shows they’ve performed.

“It’s like a homecoming with each show we go to,” he said. “It’s not really about the money; it’s always the people.”

For the show in Steamboat, DeHaven said the group is anxious to playing an energetic, danceable show in the beautiful mountains and the vast valley the town is known for.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@ExploreSteamboat.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1


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