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The Stray Birds in the Studio
Two years, hundreds of gigs, and thousands of highway miles after their self-titled debut album was released, the genre-melding acoustic trio makes its Yep Roc Records debut. Known for their songwriting, instrumental virtuosity and gorgeous three-part harmony singing, their most cohesive and ambitious album to date, Best Medicine, was released on October 21.
The band – multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench – hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All three are classically trained musicians who’ve been making music of all kinds since childhood (before they reconnected through the local music scene, de Vitry and Muench first met in middle school orchestra); however, they were also all raised with a steady diet of music ranging from pioneers like The Carter Family and Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys to the joyous invention of The Beatles and The Band, to the groundbreaking artistry of Jimi Hendrix.
Best Medicine was recorded at Stonebridge Studios in Leesburg, VA and produced by the band and Stuart Martin.
In the midst of relentless touring, the band recorded the 5-track EP Echo Sessions in Asheville, NC in 2013. Recorded in one day in the studio, the band covered favorite songs by Townes Van Zandt, The Louvin Brothers, Susanna Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Jimmie Rodgers.
The Stray Birds released a highly praised self-titled album in 2012, recorded at Stonebridge Studios in Leesburg, VA and produced by the band and Stuart Martin.
In the summer of 2010, with little intention of continuing to formally perform together, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven recorded Borderland at Steam Powered Studios in Lancaster, PA. The music was engineered by Jeff Coleman. Charlie Muench appears on several tracks playing bass. It is a sweet and subtle capturing of the earliest moments in the band's journey.