Humble Tripe and Birds and Arrows

Humble Tripe and Birds and Arrows

May 9, 2014 |  0 comments
Date: May 9, 2014 Time: 8:00 PM Price: $10 in advance, $12 day of show Type: IndieFolkRock

Two great groups from the Chapel Hill area share a night of dynamic original music!!!

Shawn Luby and Stud Green blew the audience away at the last Songwriter’s Showdown Shootout – and they took home the BIG PRIZE! Humble Tripe is the musical project of Shawn Luby. A competitive classical guitar player in his youth, Luby received national recognition as one of the country’s leading string players, only to walk away in pursuit of a career in clinical laboratory science. After an almost decade-long hiatus as a performer, Luby found his way back to music as a singer-songwriter with the formation of Humble Tripe, and the release of their 2010 debut album, Counting Stars. National tours followed, landing Humble Tripe on stage with the likes of Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Ben SolleeMount Moriah (Merge Records) and Katharine Whalen (Squirrel Nut Zippers). Humble Tripe returns this fall with a stunning sophomore album entitled simply, The Giving.

Combining modern Americana, folk, and rock with the delicacy and movement found in their classical roots, The Giving showcases a dramatic leap forward in the maturity and richness of Humble Tripe. “With this album, I wanted to take the time to grow the songs, to create a depth to the arrangements that reflected my classical upbringing while allowing me to expand myself as a songwriter, singer and musician” says Luby.
The Giving features many of the same players as Humble Tripe’s debut, including Melissa York (Amy Ray, the ButchiesTeam Dresch) and Berklee school of music graduate, Stud Green. The release also marks the introduction of York as producer. The union of York’s punk, hip-hop aesthetic with Luby’s classical spirt pushes the boundaries of folk-Americana resulting in a haunting landscape of beautiful swells, dramatic tension and space.
With vocal performances simultaneously evoking that of Neil Young and Mazzy Star, Luby’s latest collection reflects a journey from songwriter to symphony, from delicate to dynamic, resting on tender storytelling shoulders, all the while delivering a graceful offering: The Giving.


Andrea and Pete Connolly have written their lives into the new album. Inspired by their bucolic surroundings, Coyotes was recorded at their small, 19th-century, schoolhouse turned cabin nestled in the woods on an 88 acre horse farm near Durham, NC. The band worked with an impressive cast of local and national talent to create Coyotes. Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five, Dirk Shumaker of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and James Wallace of Mount Moriah are just a few of the special guests that where involved in the making of this record. Produced and mixed by Chris Stamey of the dBs, Coyotes promises to be Birds andArrows’ best effort as a band to date. Stamey describes the album as “An amazing record, overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance.”This new group of songs on Coyotes embrace the original folk spirit of Birds and Arrows, combined with the confidence and experience in songwriting that comes from playing music together for over seven years. The wistful and nostalgic “Firefly” (the album’s opening track) evokes memories of youth, first love, and the scars of rejection that resonate with everyone throughout a lifetime.

Birds and Arrows was formed in 2007 by wife and husband, Andrea and Pete Connolly, who released two critically acclaimed EPs, Birds and Arrows andWoodgrain Heart. In 2009, they released their first full-length record Starmaker, which was picked by the Independent Weekly as the “Album of the Month.” In 2011, Birds and Arrows released its second full-length record We’re Gonna Run, which was revered by Independent Weekly’s music editor, Grayson Currin as “the best moment of the band’s career, a promise that they’ve got real range.”

 Frank Stasio of NPR/WUNC’s The State of Things noted, “The honeymoon sweetness of their earlier work has been replaced with a maturity and depth appropriate for musicians whose lives and work are gaining seriousness and acclaim.”

 Over the years, Birds and Arrows have developed a rich sound that is much more than the sum of their parts. The romance between Andrea and Pete’s voices is distinctly captivating and they accomplish an elegant, warm sound that is truly their own. They have had and continue to have many great guest players join them on their records and on stage.  Such as Josh Starmer on cello, Roger Gupton on bass and vocals, Dave Hadley and Andrew Grimm of June Star on pedal steel and guitar…to name a few.  Their compelling and road tested live show appeals to a surprisingly wide range of audiences; they are the cherished rock band for folk lovers and the favorite folk group for rock fans.

  “Coyotes, the third album by local trio Birds and Arrows, recalls the 1973’s cult classic Buckingham Nicks. With production from the great Chris Stamey, the album’s pastoral songs center on the deeply emotional blend of Andrea and Pete Connolly’s intertwined voices.” – RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER

Coyotes is keenly crafted and very expressive” – INDY WEEK

 BIRDS AND ARROWS released their third full-length album,Coyotes throughRedeye Distribution.

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