Brown Bird has a tendency towards the dark side. Pulling from the influences of the blues, outlaw country, roots rock, early American folk, Gypsy and Eastern European music, they offer harmonized voices, haunting lyrics and diverse rhythm and instrumentation, which surges in waves that often swell into high-spirited, foot-stomping madness.
Brown Bird began in 2003, while singer/songwriter David Lamb (guitar, banjo, percussion, vocals) was living in Seattle. Lamb has since toured across the country multiple times, and now resides in Rhode Island with his partner MorganEve Swain (vocals, fiddle, cello, upright bass).
Since the 2009 release of their fourth album, The Devil Dancing, Brown Bird has toured extensively in the US, and supported The Low Anthem on tour across Europe. The duo is currently working on their fifth full-length to be released this fall, but first they will release their brand new EP, The Sound Of Ghosts. The EP is currently available for streaming or purchase directly from the band at http://brownbird.bandcamp.com , in both digital format and on a hand silkscreened CD, limited to 500 copies. The EP will be released digitally and in stores on May 10th through Supply & Demand Music.
In addition to touring both coasts this Spring in support of The Sound Of Ghosts, Brown Bird has also been invited to perform at the Virada Cultural in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 16th, as well as the renowned Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on July 31st, sharing the bill with the likes of Elvis Costello, EmmyLou Harris, M. Ward, Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples and many others. George Wein, President of the Newport Festivals Foundation, was thrilled about the mix of national and local talent, saying in the press release for the festival, “I couldn’t be prouder of our new relationship with Rhode Island’s own Alex and Ani as well as the exciting artists who have Rhode Island roots such as What Cheer? Brigade, David Wax Museum and Brown Bird.”
“Absolutely incredible.” – RICHMOND PLAYLIST
“Despite changing line-ups over of the past few years, David Lamb (guitar, banjo, percussion) has found a great complement in bandmate Morganeve Swain (fiddle, upright bass, cello), together creating dark folk music with touches of rockabilly, Americana, blues, Eastern European flourishes and haunting harmonies.” – RECORD DEPT.
“So ridiculously good… ” – Aimsel Ponti / THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
“… they absolutely blow people away.” – PROVIDENCE DAILY DOSE
”Compelling art-folk tunes.” – BOSTON EXAMINER
[EDITOR’S PICK] “David Lamb’s voice is gruff but sweet. It’s also trustworthy. So as the Brown Bird boss sings his way through the gritty dreams on The Sound of Ghosts you fall under his spell rather quickly. The four-track disc seems a bit more dynamic than previous Brown Bird outings. Now that Lamb has a bassist/fiddler, the music glistens and has more thrust.” – THE PROVIDENCE PHOENIX
“Incredibly beautiful… great indie folk performed with passion and power.” – THE ROCK & ROLL GURU
“… some really great tunes.” – Lindsay Ellison / WMBR’S LOST HIGHWAY
“…bursting with sparse, haunted folk tunes, outlaw country and gypsy riots” – THE MAD MACKEREL / UK
“…gothic folk rock with flecks of bluegrass and the sweet breezes of southern riverbanks.” – SLOWCOUSTIC
“Brown Bird, is a rootsy American folk band that seems to frequent the dark side of those influences. The music can be haunting, it can have foot stomping rhythm, and its always quite beautiful.” – MUSIC SAVAGE