Blind Pilot

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Blind Pilot
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Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon
Background information
Origin Astoria, Oregon, U.S.
Genres Indie folk, indie pop
Years active 2005–present
Labels Expunged Records
Members Israel Nebeker
Ryan Dobrowski
Luke Ydstie
Kati Claborn
Ian Krist
Dave Jorgensen

Blind Pilot is an American indie folk band based in Portland, Oregon. They have released two albums and one EP since 2008.


On July 15, 2008, Blind Pilot released their debut CD 3 Rounds and a Sound on Expunged Records.[1] "Go On, Say It", was chosen to be a Single of the Week on July 7, 2008 on Apple Inc.'s iTunes Store[citation needed], and for the week of July 26 the record reached number 13 on the Billboard Top Digital Albums chart.[2] Allmusic gave the album 3.5/5 stars.[1]

Originally a duo between Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski, the band added four touring members in February 2009.[3] On December 29 of that year, the band released an iTunes only live EP. This EP featured a cover of Gillian Welch's "Look at Miss Ohio".[4] 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.

Blind Pilot released their second album, We Are The Tide, on September 13, 2011 as a sextet.[5] The album featured the song "Get It Out" from the previous EP. Allmusic praised the additional members, whom they said "add bigger, brighter colors to the mix" in a 4.5-star review.[5] Popmatters, however, stated that though "[a]ll these players add texture, ... mostly they serve to strengthen a foundation for Nebeker’s voice to layer" in a 6/10-star review.[6]

On December 29, 2014, Blind Pilot announced on their Instagram page they would begin working on a third album.[7]

Performance and touring history[edit]

The band completed a bicycle tour in 2008,[8] 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.

Touring for their debut album continued in 2009. On February 12, Blind Pilot made their network television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly.[9] In May, they played at the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, and in August they played a Lollapalooza in Chicago and Outside Lands in San Francisco.[10][11][12]

To promote We Are The Tide On January 6, 2012, the band made their second network television appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.[13] Subsequent touring for the album included a performance at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee on June 9, as well as returns to Lollapalooza and Sasquatch.[14][15][16] Their song "Half Moon" was performed on Ellen during the host's birthday episode on January 25, 2013.[17]

Blind Pilot's music has been featured in some television programs, including Chuck, One Tree Hill, Californication, and Private Practice.[18]

Band members[edit]


Drummer Ryan Dobrowski did the artwork for both 3 Rounds and a Sound and We Are the Tide.


  1. ^ a b "3 Rounds and a Sound - Blind Pilot". Allmusic. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Digital Albums". Billboard. July 26, 2008. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Almost there!". February 27, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Blind Pilot iTunes EP Available Now | Blind Pilot Official Website". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "We Are the Tide - Blind Pilot". Allmusic. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Blind Pilot: We Are the Tide". Popmatters. September 14, 2011. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "blindpilotmusic". Blind Pilot on Instagram. December 29, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Burnside helps local artist hit digital paydirt - Portland Business Journal". August 8, 2008. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Live on Carson Daly". February 16, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Sasquatch! 2009 Line-Up: Jane’s Addiction, NIN, YYYs, Animal Collective & Zach Galifianakis". February 17, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  11. ^ "It's The 2009 Lineup". Lollapalooza. April 21, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Outside Lands 2009 Line-Up". April 13, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Late Show With David Letterman". January 3, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bonnaroo 2012 Lineup". Bonnaroo. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Lollapalooza 2012 Lineup: Black Sabbath, Chili Peppers, Black Keys Headlining". Billboard. April 11, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Sasquatch! 2012 Lineup". February 3, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Episode Calendar January 2013". Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Blind Pilot". Retrieved September 15, 2015. 

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