While multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird has proven he can play well with others, it's his solo tour dates and albums that have been creating a stir in recent years. Bird's solo albums have steadily received more and more critical acclaim, with his most recent effort, Noble Beast, shooting to the top of the indie charts.
Classically trained in the violin from a young age, Andrew Bird released his debut solo album, Music of Hair, in 1996. That same year, he began to be featured on three of Squirrel Nut Zippers most popular albums and formed Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire a year later. The group received some acclaim with their 2001 album, The Swimming Hour but small tour dates and only slight popularity led them to disband in 2003. Andrew Bird once again took up a solo career and began to garner attention upon the release of Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs in 2005. The success of the album led to higher profile festival tour dates and live performances continued to be chronicled in Bird's Fingerlings series of live albums.
Electric guitars brought a sharper edge to Bird's 2007 album, Armchair Apocrypha, becoming the artist's first to break onto the Billboard charts. The success of the album led to Bird being thrust into the public eye, with huge tour dates and television appearances occurring regularly. In a testament to his staying power, Andrew Bird's most recent, 2009 album, Noble Beast, has received widespread recognition from critics and audiences.
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