I remember when I first heard the Bowl of Fire. I was so excited by the sounds that I was trawling the internet to find something similar to listen to & was pretty disappointed when I couldn't find anything. Looking back on it now, it really highlights the genius of Andrew Bird to pull all that crazy stuff off. A musical feat that is hard to match.
There are painfully few videos of the Bowl of Fire. It's a real shame.  bowl of fire thrills is one of my fav albums. i love the folky jazzy swingy feel. its unlike anything i've ever heard before.  i can't stop listening to his albums.
Found a great website. For anyone who likes this band and wants to explore the sources that inspired Andrew Bird to create his Bowl of Fire music. http://juneberry78s.com/sounds/
Early american roots music is difficult to find to download or buy, so this free resource is wonderful in bringing a lot of it all together.
@bwoose I feel like AB'sBoF is the evolutionary link between his work with Squirrel Nut Zippers and his solo career. It's great to listen to all of it in chronological order though I prefer his solo albums.
It seems to be many of the same similar artists to his solo work. Stylistically Bird is similar to no-one but I guess you could say that they're similar in that they have a unique approach to creating their music with an emphasis on multi-instrumentalists and orchestration and what not.