Jade Bird is 20 years old. She is from England. She only has a handful of songs out there. When the musician sings she sounds like she has been playing in a Nashville club for a decade.
Despite the unlikely country stylings of a singer who was born in Hexham, U.K., Bird has grabbed significant attention within the last year. She has performed on The Tonight Show and Later… With Jools Holland. Earlier this year, Bird landed a number one single on the American Adult Alternative charts.
Her record label, Glassnote Records, has shown a knack for scouting talent. She is on a roster with noteworthy acts like Mumford & Sons and Phoenix.
Jade Bird’s “Lottery”
I first caught wind of Jade Bird through her song “Lottery.” The single has received a lot of airplay on WXPN this year. It took me a few listens, but I began to like the song the more that I heard it. In the song she talks about past loves as she confronts a partner who is on the fence about their relationship.
The lyrics sound like a cheesy pick-up line that was turned back on the source:
“You used to tell me that love is a lottery. And you got your numbers. And you’re betting on me.”
There is little delicacy to Jade Bird’s style. In “Lottery” she sings with an overwhelming confidence. Her vocals are strong enough to challenge your speaker system. She commands her music as if she is channeling her inner Alannis Morrisette, albeit with a Nashville twang.
Jade Bird’s Something American
Jade Bird’s Something American EP gives a better glimpse at her skills as an Americana siren. The 2017 record is her first release.
The best song on Something American is “Good Woman.” The catchy song sees Bird admonish another partner. A powerful song, the lyrics of “Good Woman” hook on the scorching chorus “she’s cheaper than a dime store version of me.”
“Grinnin’ In Your Face” is a cover of Delta Blues singer Son House. This is not Bird’s first cover song on file. Last year she also delivered a fun cover of Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” for Amazon.
Something American ends on a quieter side. The song “What Am I Here For” is Bird’s most beautiful song to date. The simple number shows a heart-wrenching vulnerability that clashes with her confident persona.
“Is it any wonder I try? Is it any wonder I try? ‘Cause I thought we were so much more, I thought you wanted what I want. So completely did I fall, If I’m not here to love you, what am I here for?”
Jade Bird In 2018
Jade Bird is currently on an international tour of Europe and North America. She is slated to play at The Foundry in Philadelphia on September 29.
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