The Portland, Oregon based indie-folk-pop outfit Blind Pilot, touring as a six-piece with Israel Nebeker (vocals, guitar), Ryan Dobrowski (drums), Luke Ydstie (upright bass, backing vocals), Kati Claborn (banjo, dulcimer, backing vocals), Ian Krist (Vibraphones), and Dave Jorgensen (keyboards, trumpet), have just landed the support slot for the upcoming The Decemberists tour.

3/05/09 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
3/06/09 – The Empryean – Spokane, WA
3/07/09 – Neurolux – Boise, ID
3/09/09 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
3/11/09 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
3/12/09 – Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
3/13/09 – Picador – Iowa City, IA
3/14/09 – Stage Door @ Orpheum – Madison, WI
3/16/09 – Schubas – Chicago, IL
3/18/09 – SxSW – Austin, TX
3/19/09 – SxSW – Austin, TX
3/20/09 – SxSW – Austin, TX
3/21/09 – SxSW – Austin, TX
3/24/09 – The Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
3/26/09 – Studio B – Greensboro, NC
3/27/09 – IOTA – Arlington, VA
3/28/09 – Theater of Living Arts w/ Gomez – Philadelphia, PA
3/30/09 – Middle East – Cambridge, MA
3/31/09 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
4/01/09 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
4/02/09 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
4/04/09 – 400 Bar – Minneapolis, MN
4/06/09 – Opolis – Norman, OK
4/07/09 – Mohawk – Austin, TX
4/09/09 – Plush – Tucson, AZ
4/10/09 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
4/11/09 – Spaceland – Los Angeles, CA
4/13/09 – Cafe Du Nord -San Francisco, CA
5/24/09 – Wilma Theater w/ The Decemberists – Missoula, MT
5/26/09 – Fillmore Auditorium w/ The Decemberists – Denver, CO
5/27/09 – Uptown Theater w/ The Decemberists – Kansas City, KS
5/29/09 – Riverside Theater w/ The Decemberists – Milwaukee, WI
5/31/09 – Pageant w/ The Decemberists – St Louis, MO
6/01/09 – Lifestyle Communities Pavillion w/ The Decemberists – Columbus, OH
6/03/09 – Tabernacle w/ The Decemberists – Atlanta, GA
6/04/09 – Memorial Auditorium w/ The Decemberists – Raleigh, NC
6/05/09 – The National w/ The Decemberists – Richmond, VA
7/18/09 – Edgefield Amphitheater w/ The Decemberists – Troutdale, OR
7/19/09 – Edgefield Amphitheater w/ The Decemberists – Troutdale, OR

View the video for Blind Pilot’s single, “Go On, Say It”:

“Go On, Say It”, the “Single of the Week” on iTunes from 7/08-7/15, helped Blind Pilot hit the Billboard charts, coming in at #149 on the Top 200, #22 on the Top Independent Albums, and #13 on the Top Digital Albums charts the week of July 15th.

Starting out as a duo, and recording their debut album, “3 Rounds and a Sound” with the help of friends (some of who have since joined the band), Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski, friends since college, have traveled many a mile to get to where they are today ­ literally.

In 2007 and once again in 2008 (in 2008 Kati Claborn and Luke Ydstie joined them), Israel and Ryan embarked on a West Coast bike tour.  This wasn¹t a tour where they road bikes, and had a van hauling the equipment. They hauled everything on their bikes.  No gas.  One hundred percent leg-powered.

With big signs on the back of their bike trailers that read “BLIND” and “PILOT”, a lot of concerned motorists screamed about the “PILOT” leaving the “BLIND” guy behind.  Playing little towns that don¹t often get shows by “touring bands” ­ they were able to share their brand of music with people who weren¹t particularly familiar with indie pop, or indie anything.  But they found that heartfelt lyrics and beautiful music appeal to just about everyone.  In fact, they completely sold out of their EPs.

They returned to Portland anxious to complete their first full-length album.  The long road to this album has paid off in spades.

Blind Pilot sounds something like a wistful mix of The Shins with a bit of Iron & Wine folksiness.  But these comparisons don¹t give a full representation of the unbelievable beauty of this album. As Willamette Week¹s Casey Jarman proclaimed, “Front man Israel Nebeker sounds like a less theatric version of James Mercer: every bit as sincere and captivating, with vocal control and style to spare. And this band has songs coming out of its ears: deep, clever guitar-driven tunes fleshed out with soaring horn arrangements. Listening to and thinking about these songs has kept me awake at night lately.”

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