The International Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp comes to KC February 19-23. To get you geared up for the folk blowout, every day we're posting a song we like by one of the event's showcase artists.
Maya de Vitry has one of those wonderfully soothing voices that could probably do anything. Fortunately, she's found a very appropriate application for it with her band the Stray Birds, along with violinist Oliver Craven and bassist Charles Muench. The Stray Birds have a sound that is like a trickle-down stream from the great river of bluegrass, flavored with a bunch of unique mineral properties.
The Pennsylvania group's self-titled debut, released last year, sounds far more Ozark-based than you'd expect - out of context, you'd swear they were a local band - but that's part of the Stray Birds' charm. The sidle up along side you with a friendly smile, like they already know you, and it feels right.
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#23: John Fullbright's "Gawd Above"
#22: Grant Lee Phillips' "Walking in the Green Corn"
#21: The Carper Family's "Foolish Ramblin' Man"
#20: The Black Lillies' "The Fall"
#19: Ganstagrass' "Long Hard Times to Come"
#18: Chuck Mead's "Girl on the Billboard"
#17: Jordie Lane's "Feet Fall"
#16: The Howlin' Brothers "Big Fall"
#15: Jadea Kelly's "Lone Wolf"
#14: The Sweet Lowdown's "Red Shift Blues"