The Ragbirds have added 3 shows to their current tour and are heading to Austin, TX to their first showcase performance at SXSW.

Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds utilize an arsenal of instruments from around the world. The Ragbirds are a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler’s bow.

A band to keep your ears and eyes open for in 2012, The Ragbirds just released their fourth studio release, Travelin’ Machine, now available for download.

Sweeping throughout the album is a breezy quality that makes you feel like celebrating. Tracks like “Silence is Everywhere” and “Moribayassa (I’ll Fly Away)” highlight the percussive prowess of the group with layers of thick drums and sounds reminiscent of an African village. In “Learn to Shine” Zindle’s beautiful voice leads a soaring reprise you will want to hear while you’re driving towards a mountain sunset, while the lively Cajun-Zydeco-inspired “The Bully” seems straight out of the bayou.

The bands diversity shines in the unique “Acrobats” – a Circus-waltz with haunting accordion undertones, while “Mercy of the Sea” is a rock Sea-Chanty with a classic swagger. All and all the album takes the listener on a great musical journey that is as inspiring as the world landscape from which it is drawn.

Be sure to catch The Ragbirds during their current 25 show run across the US.

The Ragbirds 2012 Tour

3/3/2012 Upfront & Co. Marquette MI
3/4/2012 Upfront & Co. Marquette MI
3/8/2012 Bell’s Beer Garden / Eccentric Cafe Kalamazoo MI
3/9/2012 SPACE Evanston IL
3/10/2012 Peach’s Grill Yellow Springs OH
3/13/2012 The Standpipe Coffee House Lufkin TX
3/15/2012 Palm Door Austin TX
3/16/2012 Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar Austin TX
3/16/2012 The Tap Room Austin TX
3/23/2012 The Ark Ann Arbor MI
3/24/2012 The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids MI
3/30/2012 Club Cafe Pittsburgh PA
3/31/2012 Woodlands Tavern Columbus OH
4/13/2012 McArdle Theatre Houghton MI
4/14/2012 Diablo’s Cantina Neenah WI
4/16/2012 High Noon Saloon Madison WI
4/17/2012 Off Broadway Saint Louis MO
4/18/2012 Canopy Club Urbana IL
4/21/2012 Rhythm N’ Blooms Knoxville TN
6/10/2012 Buttermilk Jamboree Delton MI
7/13/2012 Camp Euforia Lone Tree IA
7/14/2012 Gateway Park Cedar Falls IA
7/19/2012 Max & Emily’s Mount Pleasant MI
8/10/2012 Vista Park Ten Sleep WY
8/11/2012 Vista Park Ten Sleep WY