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Andrea and Pete Connolly have written their lives into Birds and Arrows newly released record “Coyotes”. Inspired by their bucolic surroundings, the record was recorded at their small, 19th-century, school house turned cabin nestled in the woods on an 88 acre horse farm in Rougemont, NC. Mixed by Chris Stamey of the dB’s, “Coyotes” has a polished yet still organic sound that emotes desperation and longing with a hopeful overtone. Stamey describes the album as “An amazing record, overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance.” The sweeping melodies throughout “Coyotes” are beautiful and light. The couples’ song crafting can evoke a wide range of emotions, that at moments can make you smile and then quickly shift into nostalgic melancholy. Corbie Hill of Independent Weekly noted “After six years as a band, it seems as if the Connollys have come to a point of comfort, not only musically but personally: Their new rural home, where they moved in early 2012, enables these two to live as they have wanted to for years. Andrea is surrounded by horses, while Pete drags fields and mends fences in the rural quiet.” Pete and Andrea worked with cellist Josh Starmer, who played a wide range of instruments on the record such as cello, mandolin, dilruba and tambora, helping give “Coyotes” it’s distinct sound. An impressive cast of local and national talent where also invited to play on the record such as Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five, Dirk Shumaker of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, James Wallace of Mount Moriah, Dave Hadley and Andrew Grimm of June Star and more. Andrea and Pete will be on the road throughout the summer promoting “Coyotes” and inviting special guest players to join them at select shows. Keep an eye on their calendar for more details.

 

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