Daily Discovery: The Bird and The Bear, “Breathe”

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“Breathe” is living proof that a great duet doesn’t have to be a co-write.  The Bird and The Bear combine harmonious vocals with simple yet splendid guitar work for some worthy Americana on this track penned by Garry Wood (we think he’s “The Bear”).  For fans of the Civil Wars, this combo will hit home.

ARTIST: The Bird and The Bear

SONG: “Breathe”

BIRTHDATE: (Mirthe) July 22nd, 1987 (Garry) December 24th, 1989

BIRTHPLACE: (Mirthe) Groningen, The Netherlands (Garry) Laramie, Wyoming

AMBITIONS: Making a living out of creativity.

TURN-OFFS:  Arrogance and greed.

TURN-ONS: Creativity and sincerity.

DREAM GIG: The Ryman or Red Rocks

TV ADDICTIONS: (Mirthe) 19 Kids and Counting (Garry) House

CELEBRITY CRUSH: (Mirthe) John Paul White (Garry) Beyonce


THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: (Mirthe) The Frog Castle – Het Kikkerpaleis (Garry) East of Eden – John Steinbeck

5 PEOPLE I’D MOST LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH: Alison Krauss, Darrell Scott, Sarah Jarosz, Kris Kristofferson, T Bone Burnett

I NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT: (Mirthe) Polaroid camera (Garry) Moleskine notebook (Mirthe)

WE WROTE THIS SONG: The song was actually written a year before we even met. I (Garry) had written the song in my studio apartment in Malden, Massachusetts. I had tossed it aside until moving to Nashville in the fall of 2010.  When we started playing together in the winter of 2011 we turned it into a duet.

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