Martin Dosh, Andrew Bird and Jeremy Ylvisaker at the Wilco Loft in Chicago. Photographs by and courtesy of Jason Tobias.
From NYTimes online article “Cheap Thrills”
“Writing songs and performing live have with time become almost the same process for me. The improvisation and conversation with the audience from show to show keep the songs fluid and alive. On the other hand, making a record is like a show that gets drawn out over a year or more, but with no cathartic resolution. When I’m in the studio things can quickly unravel and that’s not surprising. The audience has disappeared and you are given the attractive, but dangerous option to control everything. This is why I decided to start in Nashville with the basics – voice and guitar – because it’s easy to lose your rudder in overdub realm. Knowing that the mostly unadorned Nashville songs sound great frees me up to indulge myself a bit. Sometimes you make the song better; more often than not things can get over-wrought.” – Andrew Bird