Album cover artwork for These 13 with black vinyl record popping outJimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird’s friendship started some 25 years ago, when Mathus brought Bird in on some projects with his band the Squirrel Nut Zippers. With time and distance between them they set about, often through text, to create these 13 songs.

In the works since 2018, the album spotlights these two exceptional musicians recalling their inspirations of Charley Patton, Mississippi Sheiks and The Carter Family in songs that have the old-time nostalgia of country, blues and gospel. Recorded live to analog tape – with both singing and playing on opposite sides of a lone RCA 44 microphone – this is a collaboration that displays their true love for real American folk music.

These 13 by Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird is out now via Cooking Vinyl.

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