With miles of music already behind them, de Vitry and Craven first shared a song in January 2010 in their hometown of Lancaster, PA. de Vitry had just returned from Europe, where she’d been traveling by bike and train, making her way as a fiddling street performer. Craven had been crisscrossing North America for two years as a harmony vocalist, fiddler, and guitarist for the Grammy-nominated Americana artist Adrienne Young. His repertoire of original songs had been deepening along the way.
A snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between two such wanderers and inspired the collection of seven songs found on the Borderland EP. With their good friend Charles laying down the bass lines, The Stray Birds landed their sound. Their love of travel, however, has hardly waned. 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 Muench. Reveling in the energy of each room, a connection to the audience is the essence of their show. Often singing into a single microphone, their sound is a raw resonance of wood and strings beneath three joyfully blended voices.
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