Redbird (2005)


REDBIRD is both the name of the album and the loose affiliation of three American songwriters that began to take shape during a common tour experience. In January of 2003, KRIS DELMHORST, JEFFREY FOUCAULT, and PETER MULVEY did a run of shows together in England. Most afternoons they found themselves with a few free hours at a hotel, and without fail they engaged in an off-the-cuff song circle. (Nighttime after gigs was reserved for poker.) Across the tour, they discovered musical affinity and a shared love of a fairly diverse spectrum of Americana.

It was a natural idea to do a record, but in keeping with the spontaneous nature of their original sessions, they did it in a living room, around one microphone, in three days in the hot August of 2003. The members enlisted multi-instrumentalist David “Goody” Goodrich as a fourth member, and tackled a mixed bag of traditional tunes, old jazz standards, rock & roll and country songs, as well as a number of songs by cohorts and contemporaries (Jabe Beyer, Mark Sandman, Ry Cavanaugh, Paul Cebar). Kris and Peter also swapped covers, backed Jeffrey on one of his originals, and they all lent their instrumental skills to a Goodrich composition. What emerged is a real-time, unstaged love letter to the body of American song.

Each December for the past seven years Redbird – the loose affiliation of songwriters that includes Kris Delmhorst, David Goodrich, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey – has played a sold-out three-night stand at the venerable Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Now Redbird Live at the Cafe Carpe invites you into the session, culling from these intimate shows performances of songs ranging from Mississippi John Hurt to Merle Haggard and Tin Pan Alley (along with a few well-chosen originals), and recapturing the magic and depth of songs passed between friends in a crowded bar.