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Album Review

For their fifth studio long-player, the Stray Birds branch out in more ways than one, working for the first time with an outside producer (Grammy award-winner Larry Campbell), bringing in a small army of talented guest musicians and collaborating on the songwriting. The Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based band's penchant for pairing back porch bluegrass-folk with evocative Americana remains intact, but this time around they've tossed a bit of pop in the hopper, resulting in their most diverse and radio-friendly set of songs to date. While the group's effortless harmonies remain one their biggest selling points, Magic Fire is bolstered by some sharp songwriting as well, with the soulful opener "Shining in the Distance," the bouncy, Fleetwood Mac-ian "Where You Come From," and the irreverent, Zydeco-tinged "Sabrina," the latter of which manages to lead the charge with a reference to Yuengling beer, a Keystone State specialty.

Customer Reviews

A great folk album

I saw The Stray Birds last night at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and was blown away by their talent. I love the harmonies on this album, and the lyrics are amazing.

not so sure

Will wait for the rest of the Album, but... The Stray Birds using Drums and Electric back up seems unneeded and way overly "Pop". Leave the light weight sounds to the light weight. When you can Sing, Play, Harmonize and Write Songs like this group less is always more. A downer after Two such quality efforts previously.

A nice step forward for this excellent group!

I saw TSB last year, and immediately bought all of the cd's from them in the lobby of the venue. I have listened to them ever since. And even though there's only 3 songs posted today, I have to say I think it's a smart move by the band to expand their sound a bit. I LOVE the acoustic, stand up bass and violin sound, but they're artists and Im sure they want to grow and try new things. Thats what I WANT from an artist! So i respectfully disagree with the previous review. I love the new tunes and can't wait to download the rest when they are available.


Formed: 2012 in Lancaster, PA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '00s, '10s

An accomplished country, folk, and Americana trio out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Stray Birds was formed by multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench, all three of whom had classical training (de Vitry and Muench actually first met in high school orchestra), but were also exposed and influenced by the music of the Carter Family and Bill Monroe, as well as the classic melodic pop of the Beatles and the re-imagined traditional Americana of the Band. Following...
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