Andrew Bird Biography
Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist and lyricist Andrew Bird picked up his first violin at the age of 4. Actually, it was a Cracker Jack box with a ruler taped to it, and the first of his many Suzuki music lessons involved simply bowing to the teacher and going home. He spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear so when it came time for a restless teen-ager to make the jump to Hungarian Gypsy music, early jazz, country blues, south Indian etc., it wasn't such a giant leap. It's fitting that now, though classically trained, he has instead opted to play his violin in a most unconventional manner, accompanying himself on glockenspiel and guitar, adding singing and whistling to the equation, and becoming a pop songwriter in the process.
Andrew Bird Bio from Discogs
Born: July 11, 1973, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew's first band was called "Andrew Bird's Bowl Of Fire," and they recorded three albums in the late 90s before Andrew went solo. He blends his virtuoso violin playing with folky guitar and his signature whistling to create a new sound, never afraid to experiment with new ways to make music.