Ahead of the release of Andrew Bird‘s newest album, Are You Serious, due out on April 1 on Loma Vista Recordings, the press machine has been swirling. We already brought you the first two singles “Capsized” and the Fiona Apple duet “Left Handed Kisses,” and then followed that up with a third single titled “Roma Fade.” Bird just stopped in to see Ellen Degeneres on her daytime talk show along with Fiona Apple to perform “Left Handed Kisses” live, and it is spewing with emotion from both Bird and his perfectly paired duet partner. It’s not clear if Apple will be on tour with Bird, but the sheer prospect alone should sell the remaining tickets for the entire tour.
Bird officially kicks off his tour at The Ryman on March 30, before the singer and his band head to Knoxville for this year’s Big Ears Festival. So, grab tickets to one or both of those while you still can, and feel good about the experience as $1 from every ticket sold on the tour will benefit Everytown for Gun Violence, an organization that works to end gun violence and promote safer communities.
You can check out the live duet below, and, if you haven’t already, you should definitely listen to Andrew telling NPR Music’s Bob Boilen about the new record, where he discusses the intimacy of the songwriting and the different mentality he took with the new record.