Spotlight on Americanafest 2014 #5 – The Stray Birds

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The Stray Birds – Wide Open Bluegrass Raleigh North Carolina – 2013

 

THE STRAY BIRDS

CONFIRM U.S. FALL TOUR

AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL SHOWCASE CONFIRMED FOR SEPTEMBER 18 AT THE LISTENING ROOM IN NASHVILLE

FOLK ALLEY PREMIERES TITLE TRACK “BEST MEDICINE”

FULL-LENGTH STUDIO ALBUM
BEST MEDICINE OUT OCTOBER 21 ON YEP ROC RECORDS

 

“…clearly these are players with chops, songwriters with a fierce command of their craft,”—NPR Music

 

I stumbled upon The Stray Birds in Raleigh last year.  I say stumbled because I’d just found an excellent cafe** in Raleigh during the Wide Open Bluegrass festival and the band was playing right outside.  Now I will have the opportunity to catch them again, just about twelve months later, when I head to Nashville this September.

The critically acclaimed trio will embark on a U.S. fall tour in support of its second full-length album Best Medicine.  The tour will begin on September 18 in Nashville at the Americana Music Festival and Conference, with stops in Philadelphia, Duluth, Boston, and New York City, among others – full list of dates below.

In advance of the release on October 21 on Yep Roc Records, the first single, “Best Medicine,” premiered at folkalley.com.

 

 

Recorded at Stonebridge Studios in Leesburg, VA, the album was co-produced by the band and Stuart Martin and features twelve tracks, including ten original compositions and two traditional songs, “Pallet” and “Who’s Gonna Shoe.”

Formed in Lancaster, PA in 2010, The Stray Birds consists of Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle, piano), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator, fiddle) and Charles Muench (vocals, bass, banjo).

All classically trained and roots music-raised, the trio has spent the last several years honing their sound and touring extensively, including live performances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.  Their Borderland EP was released in 2010, followed by the eponymous full-length debut The Stray Birds in 2012 and the Echo Sessions EP in 2013.

 

THE STRAY BIRDS FALL TOUR DATES

September 18 The Listening Room | AmericanaFest Nashville, TN
October 3 Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg, VA
October 17 WXPN ‘Free@Noon’ Philadelphia, PA
October 21 Club Cafe Pittsburgh, PA*
October 22 Campus Theatre | Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA
October 23 World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
October 24 Godfrey Daniels Bethlehem, PA
October 26 Tellus 360 Lancaster, PA
October 28 The Southern Charlottesville, VA
October 29 Ashland Coffee & Tea Ashland, VA
October 30 ISIS Music Hall Asheville, NC
November 1 Evening Muse Charlotte, NC
November 2 Red Clay Theatre Duluth, GA
November 12 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
November 15 Natalie’s Worthington, OH
November 16 G.A.R. Hall Peninsula, OH
November 19 Caffe Lena Saratoga Springs, NY
November 20 One Longfellow Square Portland, ME
November 21 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
November 22 Circle of Friends Franklin, MA
November 23 Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA
November 24 Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY
December 2 The Southgate House Revival Newport, KY
December 5 Music On Main Street N. Wilkesboro, NC
December 6 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
December 9 8×10 Baltimore, MD
December 14 Club Passim Boston, MA

*Album Release Day

 

** Morning Times – 10 E Hargett Street – see best coffee on last U.S. trip post

 

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Author: Rob Dickens

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