LISTEN: Drumming Bird Takes Nostalgia Tinged Look at American Decay Via “American Spirits”

Drumming Bird is an indie rock band based in Nashville, TN. It is the main vehicle of
singer-songwriter Austin Sawyer. The 23-year-old has been writing and performing music for
over six years as Drumming Bird, and finally hit his stride with the February 2019 full-length
release Great Smoky Love. This was followed by two singles later in the year: “Riff Song” and
“Halloween Party.” Sawyer writes music that draws inspiration from a breadth of artists ranging
from Bruce Springsteen to Galaxie 500 to The Avett Brothers. 

Drumming Bird’s latest release “American Spirits”, is a beautiful, nostalgia-tinged look at American decay that still tries to leave listeners with something to look forward to despite our checkered past and troubling present. In a way, it captures the true essence of the country’s history, flawed from the start but with enough people from each generation willing to put their heads down and trudge on through the next series of trials and mistakes to force some honest and beautiful achievements out of the whole, messy experiment. You can catch Drumming Bird on a 23-show tour across the country supporting Daniel Nunnelee starting in June. 

“American Spirits” is a lot of things. It’s a memorial for a lost friend. It’s a pulse check on religion in America. It’s a commentary on the troubling past of our nation’s history. But most of all, it’s a message of the hope we can find in unity,” says Sawyer.

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