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Online Exclusive - Posted February 21, 2013 2:46 p.m.
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Americana in Amarillo

Paper Bird fills house at GoldenLight Cantina

Last night, Paper Bird hit the stage at GoldenLight Cantina with He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister. Crowds piled in to hear the bands passing through on tour.

Shane Langford, who won tickets to the show, was excited to finally see the band play live. “I can’t wait,” he enthused. “I’ve heard some of Paper Bird before, and they have a great sound. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed.”

The show started around 10 p.m. with He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister opening, and the group definitely got the energy flowing. Fully equipped with a refreshing blend of nouveaux funk and folk sound, a great sense of humor and even a tap dancing drummer, they set the stage for the beginning of an entertaining evening.

Fans squeezed into the venue as Paper Bird set up the stage. The Denver-based, seven-member strong group includes sister and brother Sarah (vocals, trumpet) and Mark Anderson (vocals, drums), sisters Esme (vocals) and Genevieve Patterson (vocals, keyboard), Caleb Summeril (banjo, guitar), Macon Terry (upright bass) and Paul DeHaven (guitar). The wide variety of vocals and instruments provided for rich, harmonious sounds while still remaining upbeat and energetic enough to keep crowds moving.

“We’ve been described as ‘chamberful.’ And I would say folk, pop, and Americana,” said band members Mark and Genny when asked to describe their sound or genre.

The three female lead vocals harmonized flawlessly, even pitching with one another to create beautiful, melodic croons. A harmonica, tambourine and trumpet were thrown into mix to complete the roots music image and sound.

It’s not just Paper Bird’s sound that draws a crowd. The members know how to engage their audience, too, through jokes and witty banter, reciprocated by cheers and applause. Sarah even challenged an audience member to an arm wrestling match after the show.

“We love coming to Amarillo. It’s like the whole community comes out for the night, and it’s always a great time,” Esme praised.

“Even though it’s a smaller place, the people here are so sweet and like to have fun,” Genny agreed. “That’s what we want. We want to get people moving and dancing.”

Shane was just one of the audience members who appreciated Paper Bird’s stop in town, summing up his evening saying, “It was such a great show. The band really brought a great sound to Amarillo. I will be keeping an eye out for them, and definitely am going to be listening to them from here on out.”

Paper Bird's newest album “Rooms” will be released on March 22 and the first single from the record, “As I Am,” was recently released.

by Blake Boone

Blake is a senior at West Texas A&M University pursuing a degree in communication studies and a minor in mass communication. He enjoys reading, listening to music and being an insufferable know-it-all.
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