Yer Bird Records

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Yer Bird Records
Founded2004 (2004)
FounderMorgan Galen King
GenreAlternative country, folk
Country of originCanada
LocationCalgary, Alberta
Official websitewww.yerbird.com

Yer Bird Records is a Calgary, Alberta based independent record label. Founded by Morgan Galen King in 2004 in Charlottesville PA. King partnered with photographer Benjamin Gallman and Yer Bird Records moved from Charlottesville to Philadelphia, PA and finally settled in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in early 2010. The new label owners are Sandy & Judy Smith and Sandy also operates the music blog Slowcoustic.

Yer Bird's first released record was Sounds Like Fall's The Wolf is at the Door, which was released on July 7, 2005. Sounds Like Fall is the performing name of Iowan singer-songwriter Joe Young who had extensively toured the Midwest with Alternative country band Moonshine Radio. The album was distributed through Miles of Music and Carrot Top Records's CTD in the United States, and through Smart Choice in the United Kingdom.

The following year the label released North Dakotan songwriter Nic Garcia's third full-length album, The Desperate Ones, in January 2006. Prior to releasing on Yer Bird, Garcia had both self-released (The Blue Howl of 4 am (2003), Sheep & Wolf (2004)) and worked with notable Midwest labels Supermedic Records (5 Songs (2002)) and Abandoned Scout Camp (Great Distance, (2003)).

To help promote an expansion of the website Yer Bird hosted a free digital download of Sounds Like Fall's Early Recordings which was a collection of home recordings prior to the sessions for The Wolf is at the Door. In July 2006, Philadelphia songwriter Hezekiah Jones' (Raphael Cutrufello of StillWillis) first album, Hezekiah Jones Says You're A-Ok, was released.

Released in 2007 was a compilation album entitled Folk Music for the End of the World which features tracks by notable songwriters Matthew Ryan, J. Tillman, Hayden, The Hotel Ghost (who would go on perform as Cold Specks), as well as other songwriters, with a cover painted by Kathleen Lolley (My Morning Jacket's Z). Following that release, in April, Yer Bird released J. Tillman's fourth full-length album entitled Cancer and Delirium. The end of 2007 saw the first EP release, Hezekiah Jones' Come to Our Pool Party. Texan songwriter Blackbird Harmony released his second album, Hardwood Exits, in 2008 featuring harmony and duet vocals by Bosque Brown. In October that same year, Yer Bird released The Gunshy's new albums which included the new EP I Gave Too Much Time to the Wine as well as all of his previous EP releases. In 2009 the third release from the label from staple Hezekiah Jones Bread of Teeth alongside a limited CDR pressing of newcomer Luke Elliot entitled In Our Embrace.

Releases[edit]

  • Sounds Like FallThe Wolf is at the Door (2005) YB001
  • Nic GarciaThe Desperate Ones (2006) YB002
  • Sounds Like FallEarly Recordings (2006) YB000-D
  • Hezekiah JonesHezekiah Says You're A-Ok (2006) YB003
  • Folk Music for the End of the World – compilation (2007) YB004
  • J. TillmanCancer and Delirium (2007) YB005
  • Hezekiah JonesCome to Our Pool Party (2007) YB006
  • ChauchatUpon Thousands (2008) YB007
  • Blackbird HarmonyHardwood Exits (2008) YB008
  • The GunshyI Gave Too Much Time to the Wine (2008) YB009
  • Hezekiah JonesBread of Teeth EP (2009) YB010
  • Luke ElliotIn Our Embrace (2009) YB011
  • Ghosts I've MetPayphone Patience (2010) YB012
  • Folk Music For What Lies Ahead – compilation (2010) YB013
  • Caleb CoyWild Desert Rose (2010) YB000-D4
  • White PinesThe Falls (2010) YB014
  • Greater Pacific – "Rainfall" (2011) YB000-D5
  • Hezekiah Jones – "Have You Seen Our New Fort" (2011) YB015
  • Ghosts I've Met – "From A Spark" (2011) YB016
  • Pickering Pick – "Tiger Balm" (2011) YB000-D6
  • Pickering Pick – "(tropic)" (2013) YB022

The Yer Bird Aviary[edit]

On September 8, 2008, Yer Bird launched The Aviary, an early experiment with a subscription-based music service. Due to the label changing ownership and web hosting, the platform to support the Aviary project was closed on March 6, 2010.

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