XPN Welcomes The Stray Birds CD Release Show w/ Jordie Lane
Local favorites release their latest CD!
October 26, 2014 · 8:00pm
This show is Sold Out!
It’s the official CD release of “Best Medicine” from The Stray Birds, one of Lancaster’s most popular bands! Opening for them will be Australia’s Jordie Lane.
The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds—Maya de Vitry (vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, resonator, fiddle), and Charles Muench (vocals, bass)—whose “playing is gorgeous, the harmonies exquisite” (WXPN The Key) will make their Yep Roc Records label debut October 21 with the release of their second full-length studio album, Best Medicine. Following the band’s 2012 highly praised self-titled release, which NPR Music named Top 10 Folk/Americana album and proclaimed, “clearly these are players with chops, songwriters with a fierce command of their craft,” Best Medicine was recorded at Stonebridge Studios in Leesburg, VA. Co-produced by the band and Stuart Martin, the album features 12 tracks, including 10 original compositions and two traditional songs, “Pallet” and “Who’s Gonna Shoe.” Formed in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2010, the classically trained and roots music-raised 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. “Building on the sparseness of guitar, fiddle, bass, and three-part harmonies, The Stray Birds manage to create sounds together that are no less than transcendent.” (About.com).
The 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.
See below for a chance to hear the title cut from their new album.
“Displaying the soulful tenderness of Ron Sexsmith and Ray LaMontagne…Lane’s gentle finger picking and intimate vocals lend a somber grace that is universal” – Rolling Stone Magazine
Born to a comedian and a clown, Jordie Lane spent his early years in his parents traveling circus.
Many years later, not much has changed, with Lane renowned for both his relentless international touring schedule, and his witty, comedic storytelling.
Lane’s music, seems like it comes from another place and time. The songs are nostalgic and immediately affecting, his rhythmic guitar playing is authentic and raw, and the rich resonance of his voice is simply otherworldly.
It is a voice that has taken Lane around the world, performing major festivals in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, and touring with the likes of Billy Bragg, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Old Crow Medicine Show, Neko Case, Cat Power, Ruthie Foster and The Moody Blues.
Australia’s leading folk/roots magazine Rhythms have called Lane “one of Australia’s brightest new roots music stars” and Rolling Stone Magazine said his debut album Sleeping Patterns “may well come to be regarded as one of the most assured ever by a local artist”.
Lane recorded his latest EP in Nashville with Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose). Not Built To Last sees Lane embrace a classic 70’s aesthetic, launching with the shining and infectious ‘Here She Comes’. It’s followed by the desolate, and moody ‘Dead Of Light’, which closes with a Daft Punk inspired groove over the line “we’re not built to last”. ‘Maybe Someday’ see’s Lane unleash his soaring vocal on a bittersweet, Brunswick Street inspired love song, while ‘Lost In You’ harks back to the lyrical folk sound he has built his reputation on. Lane tips his hat to fellow Melbourne songwriter Brendan Welch on the closer ‘Think I Always Thought’, which encapsulates the record’s defining themes of transience and mortality.
Not Built To Last has been released to glowing reviews in Australia, the Sydney Morning Herald proclaiming “this guy is one of the country’s contemporary legends…file it under K for Keeper” in a 4.5 star review, while The Brag Magazine said ” there are few musicians who can find, develop and master their own style as quickly or as professionally as Jordie Lane has done”.
Released internationally in August 2014 via Blood Thinner Records, Lane will tour Not Built To Last in North America over the next six months including performances at Edmonton Folk Festival and Philadelphia Folk Festival.
“Take pieces of Jeff Tweedy, Ron Sexsmith and Jackson Browne, melt them down in a beautiful crucible of music and you end up with Jordie Lane: a truly diverse folk musician” FBI Radio
“A young man with an old soul and an honest sound, harkening back to Gram Parsons and Bob Dylan” – The Bluegrass Situation