#NowPlaying: UK singer-songwriter Jade Bird gives us ‘Something American’

Today, we’re talking about emerging British singer-songwriter Jade Bird. Remember her name. Please, pay attention to this one. With nods from Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks (she just opened for them at London’s Hyde Park this past weekend) and a contract at Glassnote Records, she could easily be the next major indie artist.

Jade Bird | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Born in Hexham, UK, Jade grew up around strong working women. This translated into music, and Jade found herself taking influence from legendary artists like Loretta Lynn and Patti Smith. She began weaving folk and Americana songwriting with pop, and Something American showcases the interpretation of those genres’ themes – disillusionment, divorce, etc. – by the mind of a modern British teenager.


Jade Bird’s debut EP Something American |Photo via Universal Music Group

Something American track list:

  1. “Something American”
  2. “Good Woman”
  3. “Cathedral”
  4. “Grinnin’ in Your Face”
  5. “What Am I Here For”

Something American was recorded at Clubhouse Studio in Rhinebeck, NY with production by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat for Lashes, Conor Oberst) and additional instrumentation by Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, St. Vincent… drums), Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan… guitar), and Sara Lee (B-52s… bass).

The song “Something American” opens the album Something American. The track starts slow and then eases into an easily sing-able chorus. “Good Woman” is the most upbeat track on the record, and it features some pretty scathing lyrics – “She’s cheaper than a dollar store version of me” – but we could not love it more. The third track, “Cathedral,” has arguably the deepest lyrics on the album – “We torture each other and wonder why we ever promised until we died.” A true gem on this album is Jade Bird’s re-work of the Son House blues song “Grinnin’ in Your Face.” It’s always a treat to hear a young artist sing an old blues song, don’t you think? The final track, “What Am I Here For,” draws us to the close and could not be more perfect for a rainy day. It’s a very strong debut EP.

So you’re probably thinking, “Wow, I’ve got to get my hands on this record. Where can I find it?”

Relax, we’ve got you covered –> http://www.smarturl.it/somethingamerican

Listened to the album and now you are dying to see Jade Bird perform live, right? Right. Well, lucky you. Jade Bird will be performing in the States for the first time with dates in New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles this summer:

July 18 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall TICKETS

July 26 – Nashville, TN – Bluebird Café

August 1 – Nashville, TN – The Basement @ New Faces Night TICKETS *FREE SHOW*

August 5 – Nashville, TN – Musician’s Corner MORE INFO *FREE SHOW*

August 8 – Nashville, TN – The Basement @ New Faces Night TICKETS *FREE SHOW*

August 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café TICKETS

August 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café TICKETS

You’ll look back in a few years and remember this as the day you discovered Jade Bird. You can thank us later.

Jade Bird’s debut EP ‘Something American’ is available now on Glassnote Records. Stay up to date with Jade Bird (@JadeBirdMusic) at www.jade-bird.com