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Blind Luck

Bicycle enthusiasts Blind Pilot step out of fellow Portlanders the Decemberists' shadow.

HP: Did the locals take to that? They're probably not used to having roving minstrels come down on their bikes and ask to set up a show.

IN: It was a really vulnerable feeling — in a lot of ways, the whole bike tour was. We were putting ourselves out in the elements for a while. One of the ways it felt vulnerable was to play for people in some pretty seedy bars, where we didn't know if they would like us at all.

"Where's the bike rack?": Blind Pilot realizes it may have outgrown two-wheel touring.
Jay Blakesberg
"Where's the bike rack?": Blind Pilot realizes it may have outgrown two-wheel touring.

In those moments, you're really just playing for yourselves and each other, and it was a good experience to solidify that idea. But also, almost every show where we felt out of our element, people would start listening and be into it.

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