Despite her affinity for Americana and country music—something she showed off on her 2017 EP Something American—she’s found herself with some pop tendencies. She’s been compared to everyone from Stevie Nicks to Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick and Alanis Morissette. Needless to say it’s hard to pin Bird down. In January she released “Lottery,” which had pop undertones because of the albums that have influenced her, the ones she’s nostalgic for. “Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill is the one I always go back to,” she says fondly. But Bird doesn’t want to be boxed in genre labels. She wants to write piano ballads as much as she does Americana tracks and pop songs. “I always respected country music for its narrative and how it’s so solid, you can get the picture in your mind,” she explains. “I feel like song structure is a real ode to that emotion.” For Bird, that emotion stemmed from the breakdown of relationships in her life. Instead of falling out of love with her boyfriend, it was witnessing her parents and both sides of her grandparents split. Because it’s so intricately detailed with her experiences, her songwriting isn’t generic. “There’s not a line I think you can miss,” she says.

The above quote is from a recent Noisey interview with UK singer/songwriter Jade Bird. As it points out, Jade released her debut EP last year on Glassnote Records, and she followed it this year with a new single "Lottery" that brings a bit more of a pop influence to her Americana-inspired sound. She's also got a stripped-down, slowed-down piano version of "Lottery" that she recorded and filmed at London's YouTube Studios, which is even more gripping than the studio version. Watch that performance, and the song's official music video, below.

Jade is in the US as we speak for SXSW, where she has a total of 12 shows (a couple of which have happened already). One of them is the Saturday of BrooklynVegan and Margin Walker's Lost Weekend 2 day parties at Cheer Up Charlies. Jade plays at 4 PM on the indoor stage, right before Courtney Marie Andrews. Admission is FREE WITH RSVP. Her full SXSW schedule is below.

After SXSW, Jade will continue to tour the US, including a run opening country singer Colter Wall's tour. That includes Colter's NYC show on April 11 at Bowery Ballroom (tickets).

Jade also tours the Midwest with First Aid Kit, and plays Stagecoach, Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Mountain Jam. All of her US dates are listed below.

Jade Bird -- 2018 SXSW Schedule
13/03 KCRW Showcase @ Elysium 22:00
14/03 Pandora Showcase @ The Gatsby 14:00
14/03 Universal music show @ Aloft/Marriott 17:00
14/03 BBC Radio 2 Official SXSW Showcase @ The British Music Embassy @ Latitude 30 21:00
15/03 LUCK REUNION, CHAPEL STAGE @ Luck Ranch 15:35
16/03 BMI Brunch @ FOUR SEASONS AUSTIN 11:20
16/03 KAMX west of fest @ BUFORD’S BEER GARDEN 13:00
17/03 Brooklyn Vegan show at Cheer Up Charlie’s 16:00

Jade Bird -- 2018 US Tour Dates
April 7—Washington, DC—U Street Music Hall*
April 11—New York, NY—Bowery Ballroom*
April 14—Burlington, VT—Higher Ground Ballroom*
April 15—Cambridge, MA—The Sinclair*
April 20—Dallas, TX—Club Dada*
April 22—Houston, TX—White Oak Music Hall Upstairs*
April 25—Englewood, CO—Gothic Theatre*
April 26—Pioneertown, CA—Pappy and Harriet’s
April 27-29—Indio, CA—Stagecoach Country Music Festival
May 2—San Francisco, CA—The Independent*
May 4—Portland, OR—Wonder Ballroom*
May 5—Seattle, WA—Neumos*
May 11—Louisville, KY—Headliner’s Music Hall‡
May 12—Indianapolis, IN—The Vogue‡
May 13—Detroit, MI—Saint Andrew’s Hall‡
May 15—Madison, WI—Majestic Theatre‡
May 18—Chicago, IL—Thalia Hall‡
June 7-June 10—Manchester, TN—Bonnaroo Music Festival
June 8—Raleigh, NC—NC Museum of Art†
June 10—St. Louis, MO—The Pageant†
June 12—Kansas City, MO—The Truman†
June 13—Omaha, NE—Sokol Auditorium†
June 14-June17—Dover, DE—Firefly Festival
June 15—June 17—Hunter, NY—Mountain Jam Festival

*supporting Colter Wall
†supporting First Aid Kit
‡with Anderson East

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