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Echo Sessions EP


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  • Audio CD (20 Jan 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: The Stray Birds
  • ASIN: B00GSXFCGA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Loretta
2. I'll Be Your San Antone Rose
3. When I Stop Dreaming
4. Blue Yodel #7
5. I Wish It Would Rain

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When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs. Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR's Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. On October 8th, 2013, The Stray Birds went on a blind date with a beautiful recording studio in Asheville, NC called Echo Mountain Studios, nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The resulting 5- song EP was recorded in one live session. Embracing the fullest available diversity of voices, lead vocals were spread across the entire trio as we paid tribute to some of our favorite songwriters. We found a distinct joy in inhabiting other songwriters' creations. Echo Sessions is dedicated to the people who inspire us to sing our way through life. These songs came into our lives as echoes. Whether through another artist's recording or someone's rendition in a kitchen, they made the long journey from their writers' hearts to ours. May our voices be another echo in the lives of these beloved songs. -The Stray Birds November 20th, 2013

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 July 2014
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Fresh with the sounds of their eponymous long player, I ordered The Stray Birds’ Echo Sessions EP. As I might have expected, the former only partly prepared me for the latter.

Where the long player tends to favour the individual voice, the EP feels much more oriented to harmonising featuring the voices of all three members of the group, the exceptions being San Antone Rose, in which Maya de Vitry leads, and Blue Yodel #7, led by Oliver Craven. There’s less fiddle and very prominent mandolin and no wild instrumentals.

All this and some intangibles I haven’t quite put my finger on yet, but possibly down to production details, give the EP a different feel from the long player.

Still, having at first been a little blindsided by the differences I’m now also noticing the general similarities, like the exceptional musicianship and vocal delivery, which serve to fulfil the Birds’ aim of offering a tribute to the writers of the songs. The two songs with which I was not previously familiar, When I Stop Dreaming and Blue Yodel, will likely be my reference points for any future versions I hear. Loretta and San Antone Rose, which I’ve heard a few times by other people, are rapidly going the same way. And although at first I wondered if their emotional attachment with I Wish It Would Rain was a little lacking compared with Nanci Griffith’s own version on Winter Marquee, having listened a couple more times I think I was wrong.

And unlike the long player, there are no swing pieces to fast forward. Five for five.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Ferguson on 7 Sep 2014
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Great songs brilliantly performed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Five-track EP of “cover songs” by this talented acoustic folk/bluegrass trio 28 Dec 2013
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What does a band do to fill the void between albums? And, when the musicians write such great original songs but want to share some of their favorite songs with listeners who can’t see their live performances at folk music clubs and folk festivals? In the case of the Lancaster County, PA trio, The Stray Birds, the answer is to issue an EP of those songs, recorded in one session in a small southern recording studio, and self-release the resulting album.
The title of this five-track, 17-minute EP refers to the name of the studio (Echo Mountain) in Ashville, NC where the session took place in October 2013. Because it is self-released, the band was able to get it out quickly.

I discovered the young trio – hard to believe they formed bavk in January 2010 – at the Philly Folk Fest and watched as they wowed the attendees at the historic Station Inn at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville in September. You can see my review of their full length album (“The Stray Birds”) here on Amazon.

As for the songs here, they range from Jimmie Rodgers classic “Blue Yodel #7” to Townes Van Zant’s “Loretta”, which opens the album. Songs by the Louvin Brothers and Nancy Griffith show that the SBs appreciate the wide range of styles that are now grouped under the umbrella category called “Americana”.

2014 should bring the next full-length album. Till then, this stripped-down (in both production and packaging -no notes or other significant info in the digi-pak) CD will keep fans entertained.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
“Anything Phonographic”
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