Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon
|Origin||Astoria, Oregon, U.S.|
|Genres||Indie folk, indie pop|
Beginning as an indie duo from Portland, Oregon.
On July 15, 2008, Blind Pilot released their debut CD 3 Rounds and a Sound on Expunged Records. "Go On, Say It", was chosen to be a Single of the Week on July 7, 2008 on Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store.
On December 29, 2009, the band released an iTunes only live EP. This EP featured a cover of Gillian Welch's "Look at Miss Ohio". The EP also included new versions of previously released songs, along with a new song, titled "Get It Out". The EP was mixed and recorded by Tucker Martine, who has also mixed for The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, and R.E.M. Blind Pilot also participated in iTunes live from SoHo in April 2009, but chose not to release the recordings.
Performance and touring history
The band completed a bicycle tour in 2008, biking from Bellingham, Washington to San Diego, California, carrying their instruments on custom bicycle trailers they fashioned themselves. They made more than two dozen stops along the way, including Port Townsend, Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Corvallis, Eugene, Coos Bay, Arcata and Santa Cruz.
In May 2009 and 2012, Blind Pilot performed at the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington. In August 2009, the band performed at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Illinois, and the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco, California.
In 2009, Blind Pilot added four more touring members, Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (vibraphones), and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet), to match the sound of their album, 3 Rounds and a Sound.
The group made their network television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly on February 12, 2009 and started a new U.S. tour in March 2009, the first with the six-member lineup. They headlined in clubs across the country. The band also filled support slots for Langhorne Slim and Gomez on a handful of dates during this tour. In May 2009, the band traveled to Europe for a series of gigs opening for Counting Crows and The Hold Steady. Blind Pilot returned to the U.S. in June to join The Decemberists on the road as their opening act. They followed this run with another tour of clubs in the Northeast, Mid-West and Canada.
Blind Pilot completed a tour in July 2011 that included five Colorado stops; Winter Park (SolShine Festival and Smokin Moe's), Boulder (Chautauqua w/ Josh Ritter), Telluride (Sheridan Opera House), and Aspen (Belly Up) as well as Salt Lake and Santa Fe. Their second full-length album, We Are the Tide, was released in September 2011.
On April 4, 2012, the band appeared on the final episode of One Tree Hill where they performed their song 'Half Moon'.
On January 25, 2013, Blind Pilot performed "Half Moon" on Ellen and was introduced as one of Ellen's favourite bands during her birthday episode.
- Israel Nebeker – vocals, guitar
- Ryan Dobrowski – drums, percussion
- Luke Ydstie – upright bass, bass guitar, backing vocals
- Kati Claborn – banjo, mountain dulcimer, ukulele, guitar, additional percussion, backing vocals
- Dave Jorgensen – trumpet, keyboards
- Ian Krist – vibraphone, additional percussion
Drummer Ryan Dobrowski did the artwork for both 3 Rounds and a Sound and We Are the Tide.
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- "Burnside helps local artist hit digital paydirt - Portland Business Journal". Bizjournals.com. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
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- Blind Pilot: RtE Interview & Performance - Bonnaroo 2012. "Blind Pilot: RtE Interview & Performance – Bonnaroo 2012". Bonnaroo. Retrieved 2013-09-24.
- Blind Pilot interview from Burnside Writers Collective