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  • Audio CD (21 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Stray Birds
  • ASIN: B008WALTO6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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. Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, their flight began with friendship. With miles of music already behind them, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven first shared a song in January 2010. A snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between the two creative flames - and grounded in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench, the trio landed their signature sound, and inspired what would become their first album, The Stray Birds. An ambitious touring schedule reflects their embrace of the experience of live music. "Music exists in a time and place, not just in a digital format," says Charles. Reveling in the energy of each room, a connection to the audience is the essence of their show.

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"The writing is stellar, the musical discipline undoubtedly galvanized by a great love for this music….that captures the pure essence of down-home country….carried off with a quiet unassuming authority". --Maverick

"There's nothing showy about this debut-just a confidendce rooted in the songs and the folk traditions that underpin them. It's a real treat." --R2 Magazine

"Is it too soon to be talking about album of the year? Well the stunning self-titled debut from The Stray Birds is certain to appear on my list....The varied and adeptly written songs are performed in delicious acoustic arrangements.." --Country Music People

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By therealus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
I admit I fell for it. I look at one thing and something else comes up as a suggestion, so I listen to the snippets online, decide it sounds worth a punt and buy it.

Fortunately this turned out to be a good choice in this case. The Stray Birds' eponymous record is worth every penny, a lovely taste of Americana delivered by the most accomplished musicians.

Before I checked out their biography I was already thinking of Gillian Welch as a point of comparison, and this appears to be everyone's thinking when listening to Maya de Vitry's singing. But when considering the fiddle playing, it's like having two Alison Krausses in the room, although I haven't heard anything by Krauss to match the five-minute Wildman instrumental medley in which de Vitry and Oliver Craven take turns to strip the horsehair from their bows. (There's a great video of them playing this online.)

On songs like Dream In Blue and Railroad Man de Vitry's voice is haunting, and on Wildflower Honey (a little bit of a nod to The Carter Family's Wildwood Flower?) heartbreaking; Craven too has a good voice and his 25 To Life is particularly good.

Like some other exponents of Americana (I think of Red Stick Ramblers and Pine Leaf Boys, for example) the band lives up to its name and strays away from its country/folk foundations and delivers a couple of swing numbers which, for me at least, don't work quite so well; if the whole album had been like No Part Of Nothin' I'd have politely declined the offer.

Fortunately this and Just Sayin' don't crowd out the good stuff, and I've already sent this record to a friend as a gift and gone for buying a bit more. Had Amanda Petrusich been writing It Still Moves, about her search for the next American music, now, The Stray Birds would almost certainly be in there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 Mar. 2014
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Bought this cd on the strength of a track I heard on the radio and I certainly wasn't disappointed. Looking forward to the next Stray Birds cd.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lachie MacDougall on 28 Jun. 2013
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I got a Very good recommendation and I Love this album. Americana Country Folk whatever it's good.. I'd imagine they'd be perfect live.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Ferguson on 7 Sept. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Very good but womans voice slightly on the grating side.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Discover this "folk/Americana" trio now. Then you can tell your friends "I found them first" 2 Oct. 2013
By Steve Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard (and saw) this trio from Lancaster, Pennsylvania at the is year's Philadelphia Folk Fest and made it a point to catch every stage or workshop they attended. I was reminded of the feeling many years ago when another young trio - Nickel Creek - came to the Philly Folk Fest and gave me the same "they are going to go places" feeling. Just last week, I was in Nashville for the Americana Music Conference and there they were, on the stage of the legendary Station Inn, wowing the audience, many of who were seeing them for the first time.

This album was released in 2012 but new fans are finding it after they see the trio live. That was the case with me. For an independent production on their own label, this is an impressive production. The sound is great from Track 1. All the songs are originals with the lone female in the group, Maya de Vitry, penning six of the 11 songs, and Oliver Craven composing the rest. The third member, Charles Meunch, plays bass and banjo in the group. There's one instrumental track - a medley of three songs - with the balance being vocals.

If the burden of touring doesn't affect the band members - and the word which is spreading through the folk community continues, this band has a big future in both folk and Americana field. Check out samples and see for yourself.

The Cd comes in a simple digipak with only acknowledgements and track personnel listings inside. The lyrics are so wonderful, I wish they had included them, but maybe on the next one, which I hope will be soon.

I hope this review was both informative and helpful.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
like wildflower honey 10 Oct. 2012
By Blue Ridge Book Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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"I can taste his kiss, so sweet on the wind, like wildflower honey...." "I dream in blue...I drown in dew..." "Can you reach me? Will you try?"

This album is a perfect combination of the sad and the beautiful. Poetical lyrics, delicious harmony. I've listened to it over and over again and I love it more every time!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amazing voice and instrumentation... 25 Feb. 2013
By TLK-RN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My uncle stumbled onto this band last summer via the internet. I have went to see them three times since and cannot wait to see them again. Their sound never tires or gets old, it's fresh and crisp like a ripe apple waiting to be picked and eaten. You can listen to the songs over and over. I am so excited about watching these "young but old souls" rise to fame. I haven't been this excited about new music in a long time but the vocals, harmony and words draw you into their world, captivate you and lift your spirit high! Get both CDS, and tell your friends about "The Stray Birds", as they soar to the top!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A fan of this album and not normally a folk/country fan. 3 Dec. 2012
By fmslb - Published on Amazon.com
I heard part of this album on a streaming radio station and took notice. My favorite song is Dream in Blue.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Love this band 29 July 2013
By A.A. Milne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had the great good fortune to see this band live, here in Texas. They are tremendously talented musicians who are passionate about their craft. However, the harmonies and musicianship I witnessed did not translate as well into the studio setting. The vocals are not as tight and rich, the chords don't "lock" and the ethereal nature of the lead singer's voice is just not captured here, which is a shame.
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