-photo taken by Bill Hudson
Birds and Arrows are Andrea and Pete Connolly of Rougemont, NC
ABOUT ANDREA AND PETE and the making of Coyotes:
Andrea and Pete Connolly have written their lives into the new album. Inspired by their bucolic surroundings, Coyotes was recorded at their small, 19th-century, schoolhouse turned cabin nestled in the woods on an 88 acre horse farm near Durham, NC. The band worked with an impressive cast of local and national talent to create Coyotes. Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five, Dirk Shumaker of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and James Wallace of Mount Moriah are just a few of the special guests that where involved in the making of this record. Produced and mixed by Chris Stamey of the dBs, Coyotes promises to be Birds andArrows’ best effort as a band to date. Stamey describes the album as “An amazing record, overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance.”This new group of songs on Coyotes embrace the original folk spirit of Birds and Arrows, combined with the confidence and experience in songwriting that comes from playing music together for over seven years. The wistful and nostalgic “Firefly” (the album’s opening track) evokes memories of youth, first love, and the scars of rejection that resonate with everyone throughout a lifetime.
Birds and Arrows was formed in 2007 by wife and husband, Andrea and Pete Connolly, who released two critically acclaimed EPs, Birds and Arrows and Woodgrain Heart. In 2009, they released their first full-length record Starmaker, which was picked by the Independent Weekly as the “Album of the Month.” In 2011, Birds and Arrows released its second full-length record We’re Gonna Run, which was revered by Independent Weekly’s music editor, Grayson Currin as “the best moment of the band’s career, a promise that they’ve got real range.”
Frank Stasio of NPR/WUNC’s The State of Things noted, “The honeymoon sweetness of their earlier work has been replaced with a maturity and depth appropriate for musicians whose lives and work are gaining seriousness and acclaim.”
Over the years, Birds and Arrows have developed a rich sound that is much more than the sum of their parts. The romance between Andrea and Pete’s voices is distinctly captivating and they accomplish an elegant, warm sound that is truly their own. They have had and continue to have many great guest players join them on their records and on stage. Such as Josh Starmer on cello, Roger Gupton on bass and vocals, Dave Hadley and Andrew Grimm of June Star on pedal steel and guitar…to name a few. Their compelling and road tested live show appeals to a surprisingly wide range of audiences; they are the cherished rock band for folk lovers and the favorite folk group for rock fans.
COYOTES is FEATURED on: GOOGLE PLAY and AMAZON part of their New Americana collection.
BIRDS and ARROWS winter single “In Carolina” was FEATURED on: MOOD MUSIC winter playlist in retailers throughout the country.
FEATURED on: NPR/WUNC – LAST MOTEL: http://wunc.org/post/birds-
LIVE: NPR/WUNC – STATE OF THINGS: http://wunc.org/post/
“Coyotes, the third album by local trio Birds and Arrows, recalls the 1973’s cult classic Buckingham Nicks. With production from the great Chris Stamey, the album’s pastoral songs center on the deeply emotional blend of Andrea and Pete Connolly’s intertwined voices.” – RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER
“Coyotes is keenly crafted and expressive” – INDY WEEK
BIRDS AND ARROWS released their third full-length album, Coyotes through Redeye Distribution.
Approved for posting, stream four songs (including “Firefly”) from the new album at: https://soundcloud.com/
BIRDS and ARROWS WINTER 2013 RELEASE:
BIRDS and ARROWS create unique music that is “full of romance and energy”, “enchanting”, and “the kind you fall in love with”. And their new holiday EP “Holiday Forever” is no different. Immediately following the release of their critically acclaimed third full length record “Coyotes” Andrea and Pete Connolly have created heartwarming and beautiful renditions of old holiday classics as well as new classic originals. These new songs are quirky, thoughtful and at times intriguingly adorable. “Holiday Forever” was mixed by Chris Stamey of the dBʼs who considers it a “superb, evocative take on the December Holidays” and says it “makes me hope they are also working on EPs for all the rest of the year’s hotspots . . . Valentine’s Day draws near, guys!”
“Holiday Forever” features the song ”In Carolina” which is sure to be the new americana holiday anthem for North Carolinians. Listen for it on NPR/WUNC’s Last Motel with Eric Hodge this holiday season.
-photo taken by Adam Dodd
-photo taken by Bill Hudson
More things people say about Birds and Arrows“Coyotes” is “an amazing record, overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance”. -Chris Stamey of the dB’s “The honeymoon sweetness of their earlier work has been replaced with a maturity and depth appropriate for musicians whose lives and work are gaining seriousness and acclaim.” -Frank Stasio of NPR’s The State of Things “The sound of Birds & Arrows’ “Firefly” feels like coming to the edge of something, shedding layers, listening to swells and nuances of emotion and thought that can directly transport you to a past (or bring this past suddenly into your present)”. - Marie Garlock and Andrew Synowiez of Hueism Pictures “impeccably crafted…the perfect mix of harrowing delicacy and beatific refinement” - Chris Parker of Independent Weekly “Coyotes (Redeye Distribution), the third album by local trio Birds and Arrows, recalls the1973’s cult classic Buckingham Nicks. With production from the great Chris Stamey, the album’s pastoral songs center on the deeply emotional blend of Andrea and Pete Connolly’s intertwined voices, with Josh Starmer’s cello as sonic counterpoint.” -RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER “After six years as a band, it seems as if the Connollys have come to a point of comfort, personally and musically” ”Four years into their marriage, and three finished albums into their tenure as a band, they still exude honeymoon sweetness” and “Coyotes is their most ambitious album to date” -Corbie Hill or Shuffle Magazine and the Triangle’s Independent weekly “Suspend disbelief and enter Starmaker- if only for 47 pretty minutes- a world where road trips against all odds are gorgeously strung metaphors” Birds and Arrows second full length record “We’re Gonna Run” was revered as “the best moment of the bands career, a promise that they’ve got real range”
- Grayson Currin , Shuffle Magazine
“There is a violent tension in the moniker Birds and Arrows, but the music that couple Pete and Andrea Connolly craft, spins that friction away from brutality and into elegant, elemental heights. If you take even just one passing listen to their music, it’s apparent these are voices that aren’t in harmony so much as interlocked. It’s as if two people wandering around the woods suddenly came upon each other and realized they were singing the same song” - Ashley Melzer, The Mill “There’s a sepia-toned but strong-willed romanticism to the texture- and harmony-rich tunes of Birds and Arrows, the duo of Andrea and Pete Connolly. Inside these pop-righteous, country-graceful numbers, they keep each other awake on long road trips and rejoice even in the sight of peril, one’s voice bolstering the other like lifelong support.” - Grayson Currin, Independent Weekly