I have this crazy numerical system I use that picks what album I'm going to revisit for this daily exercise. However every now and then there is an album I just have to listen to so bad that I buck the system and just go for it. Today that album is Salt for Salt by Brown Bird.
I had the pleasure earlier this week to catch Rhode Island's Brown Bird opening up for O'Death at BAR in New Haven. Even though they have played CT what seemed like a half dozen times over the last two years, thanks to varying (and apparently evil) forces this was my first Brown Bird live experience. I wasn't disappointed. In fact their live show gave me even more respect for this duo. I've always loved their recorded output. Hell, this album was one of our "essential" albums of 2011. But to see them pull this off live like that honestly one of those live show moments that you just don't forget over time.
So for the uninitiated, who are Brown Bird? Well they are a whole bunch of things really - folk, roots rock, American, old school country, blues, and toss in some Eastern European folk music for good measure. David Lamb handles guitar, banjo and percussion. MorganEve Swain handles violin, upright bass and cello and the two of them share vocal duties. The music hops all over the musical map like some globetrotting adventurer seeking out long lost answers to life's greatest mysteries. They are a folk band with country and blues makings at heart but really it's the said Eastern European influence that separates them from a lot of their down-home contemporaries. It's not only music you can stomp your feet to but music you can dance around a fire to on a warm summer night. Honestly I'm really not doing this band justice with this review. This is one of those times I'm going to tell you to just click the link above and go listen to how awesome they are for yourselves.