Blind Pilot Comes to Town for Three ShowsNovember 3rd, 2011
Drummer Ryan Dobrowski and singer-guitarist Israel Nebeker met in college and began making upbeat folk-ish music together. After graduation—and three months recording demos in a warehouse—the duo was ready to make their first LP as Blind Pilot, 3 Rounds and a Sound, which came out in 2008. Lots of bands go on the road to support an album, but few of them do as Dobrowski and Nebeker did: traveling with their instruments on bikes up and down the West Coast. In 2009, they got off those bicycles and rounded out the band and its sound by adding Kati Claborn (banjo and vocals), Dave Jorgensen (keys and trumpet), Ian Krist (vibraphones) and Luke Ydstie (bass and vocals) to the mix. The band began touring as a six-piece and recorded We Are the Tide, which came out this past September. Blind Pilot (above, doing “Keep You Right” for KEXP FM) plays The Bowery Ballroom tomorrow. The show is sold out, but have no fear because you can also see them there on Saturday and on Monday at Music Hall of Williamsburg.