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Roots Music Festival Impresses
Published on March 25, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about the local roots music festival, which was pretty good.

Here's an excerpt:

"On Saturday I attended the fourth Roots Music Festival at The Linda in Albany, which featured a number of good local musical acts, and a Rhode Island-based duo who deserve more attention: Brown Bird.

I caught Brown Bird last year at Club Helsinki in Hudson, and was impressed with their darkly lyrical brand of folk, which mixes blues, bluegrass and Eastern European and gypsy music. A lot of contemporary folk music sounds the same to me, but Brown Bird was something different, boasting a broader range of influences, surprisingly complicated arrangements and unusually literate songwriting that evokes classic American novels such as 'Moby Dick' and the Bible. Also impressive is the full and forceful sound produced by Brown Bird: Dave Lamb plays guitar, drums and sings, usually simultaneously, and MorganEve Swain plays the upright bass, cello and violin. After watching the duo in Hudson, I picked up their 2011 CD 'Salt for Salt,' which has steadily grown on me.

Brown Bird has gotten even better since I saw them during the summer. The duo immediately impressed with their emotionally complex songs and technical virtuosity; for those who expect folk music to be gentle and pretty, their rhythmic, often aggressive sound probably came as a surprise. They played a number of songs off 'Salt For Salt,' as well as tracks off their upcoming album, 'Fits of Reason,' which comes out on April 2."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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