The Stray Birds consist of three members who can each play at least three instruments. Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven and Charles Muench came to Folk Alley to chat with Jim Blum about what inspires and influences them. In the interview, De Vitry reveals the story behind the song “Wildflower Honey,” which she wrote on a train going from Boston to Providence and dedicated to her younger sister, and Craven and Muench share why they are inspired by the people of Appalachia – and music other than folk music.
Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, their flight began with friendship. With miles of music already behind them, de Vitry and Craven first shared a song in January 2010. A snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between the two creative flames – and inspired the collection of seven songs found on the Borderland EP. Grounded in the unshakeable groove of bassist Muench, the trio landed their signature sound.
The Stray Birds released their wholly original debut full-length album on July 21, 2012.
Hear The Stray Birds play a few other songs, including a unique fiddle tune medley, in their full interview with Jim Blum!