HearYa Live Session 46: Blind Pilot

by Woody on May 11, 2009

Blind Pilot

I’ve loved music as far back as I can remember. Can’t play a lick of anything, but my absence of talent is balanced by my passion as a fan. Over the course of the last two years, I have learned more about music than in the past 25+ years due to hanging out with our esteemed producer, Steve Shirk. Steve always talks about the importance of a good rhythm section and how it forms the foundation of a band’s sound. That was at the forefront of my mind while watching Blind Pilot perform in studio.

I had seen Blind Pilot twice already in April and experiencing them live only enhanced my love for their amazing debut, Three Rounds and A Sound. It’s easy to get caught up in Isreal Nebeker’s amazing lyrics, silky vocals and the wistful feeling of Blind Pilot’s music. Their sound is so effortless that it’s easy to lose sight of the spectacular work of rhythm section, led by Ryan Dombrowski. Watching them live in the studio really made me take notice and Ryan doesn’t miss a beat – nothing fancy but not a note missed. Add Luke on the stand up bass and they become the backbone of the band, allowing the band to strut their stuff.

Much like their HearYa Live Session predecessors, The Love Language, we were aided by a touch of Maker’s Mark that smoothed out a bump along the way. That might end up becoming our trademark. For Blind Pilot fans out there, you’ll be pleased to find some fresh sounds in these familiar tracks with the addition of an added banjo and trumpet. I hope you enjoy this session as much as I do.

Blind Pilot Band Intro

Exclusive: Blind Pilot – One Red Thread

Exclusive: Blind Pilot – Go On Say It

Exclusive: Blind Pilot – Two Towns From Me

Exclusive: Blind Pilot – The Story I Heard

Exclusive: Blind Pilot – Things I Cannot Recall

Download the Blind Pilot Session as a zip.

Exclusive Video: Blind Pilot – One Red Thread

Blind Pilot – “One Red Thread” – HearYa Live Session 4/3/09 from HearYa.com on Vimeo.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

oz May 12, 2009 at 9:36 pm

It’s great to see these guys taking off. Touring with The Decemberists and then to Lolla and Outside Lands. Everyone I’ve recommended Blind Pilot to has fallen in love with them.

Starkey May 13, 2009 at 8:10 am

Makers is the magic elixir

Shaun May 14, 2009 at 2:35 am

I caught these support the Counting Crows and the Hold Steady in Manchester(uk) this week and have not had the CD out of my car…. absolute class!

mrs. oz May 14, 2009 at 9:21 am

Absolutely LOVE it! Great job Shirk!

Shirk May 15, 2009 at 8:05 am

Thanks Mrs. Oz! Glad you enjoy the session. The Blind Pilot crew did all the heavy lifting….I just hit record. 🙂

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